By Henry Williamson
How expensive is existence (1954) was once the fourth access in Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of historical solar spanning the years from the past due Victorian interval to the second one global struggle. It reveals Phillip Maddison within the portentous months resulting in the outbreak of battle in 1914.Now a clerk within the Moon hearth place of work, Phillip comes to a decision to hitch the territorials - attracted through the cash, the camp close to the ocean, and the chance of a brand new swimsuit of garments. As an excellent summer time slips away warfare turns out unreal; however the outdated global is in danger, and ahead of lengthy the British Expeditionary strength is atmosphere sail for France.
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How can the good ass struggle the Metropolitan within the courts for wrongful dismissal, due to the fact that they’ve given him the excuse of reorganisation and redundancy, and provided him six months’ screw? good, i attempted to inform the foolish blighter repeatedly, yet he won’t pay attention. What the satan are you beaming at me for, younger Maddison? Get on along with your paintings, you seem like considered one of your individual filled birds, you terrible taxidermist, you! ” Phillip have been subconscious of beaming at Mr. Hollis: he cherished Mr. Hollis’ face, and was once consistently attracted to what he stated. Mr. Hollis used to be already frowning over his personal paintings, so he went on getting ready his coverage, after a look on the clock. His time of leaving for Head place of work first luncheon was once ten mins to 12; he needed to be again back by way of half-past. Downham left for his luncheon at a quarter-past twelve. He used to be imagined to be again by way of ten-past one, yet he often arrived again any time as much as half-past one, the time while Mr. Howlett got here down the leaden stairs, smoking his pipe; and, after an amiable notice to Phillip, and smiling speak with Downham, went to his luncheon, often on the London Tavern. Mr. Howlett’s time of returning, smoking an identical pipe, was once among 1 / 4 to 3 and 3 o’clock. “Lazy blighter,” remarked Mr. Hollis as soon as, to Phillip. “If I didn’t stir my stumps and do such a lot of his paintings for him, this department must shut down. ” Downham, however, by no means criticised Mr. Howlett, yet taken care of him like a favorite uncle, constantly cautious to name him ‘sir’. “Hollis is jealous of Howlett,” stated Downham as soon as, quietly, to Phillip, with a type of pride. the 2 have been by myself, Edgar having long gone to a sandwich store in Leadenhall marketplace for his twopenny meal—cheese sandwich and cup of Camp espresso. “Hollis loves to please himself, so Howlett supplies him his head. however, Hollis thinks that Howlett should exit extra after new company. I say, examine this! How dare you! Why within the identify of all that’s no longer insane did you signal this endorsement like that? ” taking a look indignant unexpectedly, Downham introduced over regulations, either with revealed change-of-address labels caught at the back—notwithstanding something herein contained on the contrary, it really is hereby agreed and allowed that the Insured’s tackle might be deemed to be as hereinunder said. the 1st endorsement was once signed via Phillip with an important scrawled signature six inches lengthy, in letters an inch excessive. “Is this your inspiration of a shaggy dog story? ” He pointed to the second one endorsement, signed with severe neatness in minute letters slightly one-eighth of an inch excessive, and three-quarters of an inch in size. the 1st coverage was once one in every of Mr. L. Dicks, the fish-and-chips smeller; the second one for the neat Mr. J. Konigswinter. After Downham’s grievance, he wear a subdued expression and went on along with his paintings. whilst Mr. Howlett got here in, Downham confirmed him the 2 endorsements. “Look at this, sir, did you ever see such asinine behaviour? ” Mr. Howlett seemed to be hugely amused. “I’ve ticked him off, sir,” acknowledged Downham, in diminished voice.