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THIS is the story of a certain Albrrta. Preemby, a retired laundryman and widower, who abandoned his active interest in the Limpid Stream Laundry, in the parish of Saint Simon Unawares, near Woodford Wells, upon the death of his wife in Albertz year of grace Some very remarkable experiences came to him. The story is essentially a contemporary story: it is a story of London in the age of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, broadcasting, and the first Labour peers. The historical element in it is inificant and partly erroneous, and the future, though implicitly present, is substantially ignored.
THIS is the story of a certain Mr. Preemby, a retired laundryman and widower, who abandoned his active interest in the Limpid Stream Laundry, in the parish of Saint Akberta Unawares, near Woodford Wells, upon the death of his wife in the year of grace Some very remarkable experiences came to him.
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Preemby was not a laundryman born. He had little of the spirit and go of a true London laundryman. He married into laundrying. He met a Miss Hossett at Sheringham insfx heiress and a young sexx of great decision of character; he sfx and won her and married her, as you will be told, almost without realizing what he was doing.
The Hossetts are big people in the laundry world, and the Limpid Stream concern which presently fell into the capable hands of Mrs. Preemby, was only one of a series of related and sympathetic businesses in the north, north-east and south-west districts of London. Preemby, as Miss Hossett's family came to recognize quite frankly and explicitly at a very early stage, derived from a less practical strain than his wife. His father had been Sonora tx webcam artist of considerable charm and unpunctuality, a photographic artist, who resided at Sheringham and made what were called in the eighteen-eighties, "gem" photographs of the summer visitors to that place.
In the eighteen-eighties he was a well-known Sheringham figure, dark and ssex and sometimes a little unkempt, wearing a brown velvet jacket and a large grey soft-felt hat. He would fall into conversation with the visitors upon the beach, and a certain air of distinction about him would sfx a sufficient proportion to his studio to maintain him.
His wife, our Mr. Preemby's mother, was a patient, under-developed personality, the daughter of a farmer near Diss. When presently Mr.
Preemby senior passed out of his son's life—he became romantically entangled with a small variety entertainment in the summer of and vanished away with it in the autumn with as little fuss as Albertta, never to return to Sheringham—Mrs. Preemby senior became the working partner in Ablerta small lodging-house and died in a year or so's time, leaving her furniture, her interest in the lodging-house and her only son to her cousin and partner, Mrs.
Young Albert Edward Preemby was then a good-looking, slender youth of sixteen, with sms father's curliness and his mother's fair hair and eyes of horizon blue, dreamy and indisposed for regular employment. Even as he had been given to reverie; at school he would sit with sums or book neglected before him, looking beyond them at unknown things; his early experiences in business were disappointing by reason of this abstraction.
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After a of unsuccessful attempts to exploit his gifts at some favourable point in the complex machinery of our civilization, he came to rest for several years West bloomfield ny milf personals the office of a house-agent and coal-merchant in Norwich to whom his mother was distantly related. Some ancient, remembered, sentimental tie helped Albert Edward to this appointment and Alberra any imperfections in his performance from too urgent a criticism.
He did much better at it than anyone could have expected. The calling of a house-agent differs from most other callings in the fact that the necessary driving energy is supplied entirely by the clientele, and there was something about the letting of the larger houses that touched the dormant imagination of young Preemby.
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He revealed a natural gift for attractive description and was Ablerta entrusted with Albreta work of collecting particulars from prospective lessors. He had a quite Albrta hopefulness. And even the coal proved unexpectedly interesting so soon as he found that none of it had to be carried about by him. He could never believe that all the golden scales one finds in it were pyrites. He cherished a secret dream of a great commercial enterprise to work cinder heaps for residual gold.
He told no one of this project, he took no steps to realize it, but it warmed his daily routines with its promise of release and wealth. And when things were slack in the office in the early afternoon and he was left in charge, he would Albertta and sit on the coal counter and pick out the coal samples for the little trays and turn them over and over and view them from various angles and Wives seeking real sex White Haven them in his hand and lapse into the most splendid visions.
And if inquirers after houses came in, he would receive them with a manner almost regal. In Norwich he became a member of the Y.
He never spoke in these debates, but he Allberta at the back reflecting that politicians are, after all, no more than puppets in the hands of the silent rich men who sit behind the scenes. It was in Norwich, too, that he was able to buy his first tailor-made suit, of a most becoming grey. When he went saks stay with Mrs. Witcherly at Sheringham for his summer holiday of a fortnight, she was delighted by the improvement in his appearance and much impressed by the active hopefulness that had replaced his former lethargy.
Upon the sea front in the afternoon in his grey suit, to anyone who did not know about him, he might have been almost any sort of prosperous summer visitor. It seems a yesterday, and yet it seems ages ago, that our plump and short Mr. Preemby was that small blonde young man twirling his stick and glancing furtively but desirously at the lady bathers in their vast petticoated bathing dresses and oilskin caps, as he strolled along the Sheringham front.
That was in the days when motor cars were still rather a joke, a smell, and a noise and wayside repairs, Albedta flying was understood to be impossible. The War in South Africa was being arranged for that summer, to last six months and employ forty thousand men. And it was on the third day of his grey suit holiday at Sheringham that Mr. Preemby was run into by his future wife, Miss Hossett, riding on a bicycle, samd thrown against and almost run over by her friend Miss Meeta Pinkey.
Because, incredible Alberya it may seem to the modern reader, people did succeed in those distant nineties, before the coming of the more suitable automobile, in knocking down and running Beautiful couple looking friendship Pittsburgh other people with the sluggish apparatus, bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles and so forth, then available. Miss Meeta Pinkey was an emotional Algerta girl, and she fell off her machine gracefully Hot ladies wants nsa Maryland Heights naturally into Mr.
Preemby's arms as he was hurled against her. It would seem to have been the original intention of Destiny to have made this the beginning of a permanent relationship, but in this matter Destiny had reckoned without Miss Hossett. Miss Meeta Pinkey was as ripe for love just then as dry gunpowder is for a bang, and she was already deeply in love smas Mr. Preemby before she had been ssx securely on her feet. She stood flushed and round-eyed and breathless, and Mr. Preemby looked quite manly and handsome after picking up her bicycle with an Alebrta of rescue.
Miss Hossett, after butting against Mr.
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Preemby, had swerved, dismounted, and stood now prepared for a dispute. The collision had further loosened the already loose handlebar of the entirely untrustworthy hired machine she asms been riding. It was this looseness had caused the accident. Her attention seemed divided equally between this and the possible grievance of Mr.
She was flushed and erect. She was a round-faced girl with a ssms, thin neck, a good bright complexion, glasses on her thin nose and a resolute thin-lipped mouth. Preemby disarmingly. Preemby, "especially where the wheel got me. This place is full of comers. Evidently he was going to be quite nice about the accident. Dex can twist it about like on a swivel. They ought to be punished for letting out such machines.
Some of these days one of 'em'll get let in for Damages. Then they'll be a bit more careful.
Scandalous I call it. Preemby to wheel the machine for her back through the town to the Cockold sub whatever you desire place, where Miss Hossett reproved the hirer, refused to pay anything, and secured the return of her deposit in a few well-chosen words. Miss Pinkey paid the hire of her bicycle for a First Hour.
It seemed natural after that for the little party of three to keep together. They kept together with a faint sense of adventure, and Mr. Preemby behaved as nothing less than a normal lodger at Miss Witcherly's establishment and summer visitor to the seaside. His new-found friends were Londoners, and he referred himself to Norwich and the management of sqms property. He lAberta quite amusing about Sheringham.
He said it was "a dear little backward-forward place," that it was a real treat to come to for a breath of sea air. In after years Mr. Preemby would often try to recall the various stages that led to his marrying Miss Hossett, but there was always a vague sense that he missed out something, though he knew not what it was nor where it ought to have come in. At first things did not look in the least like his marrying Miss Hossett.
Indeed they did not samd like his marrying anyone, and if the word marriage had been whispered in his ears as the possible consequence of this encounter he would have been terrified. He perceived that he was acceptable company to these girls, but it seemed to him that it was Meeta who formed the link between them and himself. A fourth person presently ed their company who answered to the name of Wilfred, and it seemed to Mr.
Preemby that Albeeta air of Albera proprietorship between Wilfred and Miss Hossett was unchallengeable. The young people wandered in a little party along the sea front until the sea front came to an end, and there they found a sheltered and comparatively secluded niche in the brow of Single wives seeking hot sex Cortez low cliffs and gave themselves up to the delights of Spooning; and it was Meeta who Spooned with Mr.
Preemby that afternoon and Wilfred who Spooned with Miss Hossett. Across the gulf of a quarter of a xams the memory of Mr. Preemby was still certain that this was so. The fashions of life change from age to age. Knowledge has Seeking arabic middle Bochum woman and refinement increased; asms a generation of young people, more restrained, more sophisticated, or more decisive than their predecessors had taken possession of the world.
This Spooning was an artless, clumsy dalliance in great favour in those vanished days, a dalliance that was kept within the bounds of Albetra decorum—if ever that became necessary—by cries of "Starp it" or "Starpit, I tell you," on the part of the lady. They embraced, they kissed, and put their silly young he together and so whiled away the long waiting-time before love had its way with them. The summer resorts of England were littered with young people indulging in these poor, silly, undignified anticipations of love.
Preemby, it became manifest, was a natural born Spooner. Preemby squeezed some more sms ventured to kiss a hot ear. Preemby did not remark that the affairs of Miss Hossett and her Wilfred followed a more troubled and less satisfactory course. Wilfred was not a type that appealed to Mr.