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(The Original) Pontifex, Son And Thorndyke (Dr. Thorndyke Novels) R. Austin Freeman Freeman

(The Original) Pontifex, Son And Thorndyke (Dr. Thorndyke Novels)

R. Austin Freeman Freeman

Published October 18th 2010
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270 pages
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Excerpt:A crab of mature age and experience is represented by an ancient writer as offering advice to his son somewhat in these terms: “My son, I have observed in you a most regrettable tendency to walk with ungraceful and unbecoming sidelong steps.MoreExcerpt:A crab of mature age and experience is represented by an ancient writer as offering advice to his son somewhat in these terms: “My son, I have observed in you a most regrettable tendency to walk with ungraceful and unbecoming sidelong steps. Pray endeavour to conquer this pernicious habit and to adopt a straightforward and direct mode of progression.”Excellent advice! Though the gait of the existing generation of crabs leads one to fear that it failed to take effect.The ancient parable was brought to my mind by the cigarette that I was lighting- for I had been the recipient of some most excellent paternal advice on the subject of cigarettes, coupled with the name of Irish whisky. My revered parent had, in fact, actually removed a choice Egyptian from his mouth the better to expound the subject- and, pointing to the accumulated ends on the hearth and the half empty bottle on the mantelpiece, had explained with his admirable lucidity that these unsubstantial gauds were the inefficient substitutes for bacon for breakfast.And yet I smoked. I did not consume Irish whisky, though I was perhaps restrained by reasons that were economic rather than ethical. But I smoked cigarettes- and recently I had started a pipe, having made the interesting discovery that the paternal cigarette ends were capable of reincarnation in a pipe-bowl.I lit my cigarette and reflected on life and its problems. I was at the moment seated on a folded sack in an up-ended two-wheeled truck or hand-cart. In that truck I had conveyed a heavy bale of stationery from my employers, Messrs. Sturt and Wopsall, to a customer at Mile End- after which I had drawn the empty truck into a quiet yard, up-ended it and taken my seat in it as aforesaid. Since that day I have sat in many a more luxurious seat- in club divans, in hansom cabs, yea! Even in the chariots of the mighty. But never have I found one quite equal to an up-ended truck with its floor turned to windward and a folded sack interposed between its tail and my own. There is much to be said for the simple life.More Reading:In Dr. Thorndyke Novel Series by ADB Publishing(The Original) A Certain Dr Thorndyke(The Original) A Silent Witness (1914)(The Original) As a Thief in the Night(The Original) Dr Thorndyke Intervenes(The Original) Dr Thorndyke Short Story Omnibus(The Original) Dr. Thorndyke Investigates (1930)(The Original) Felo de Se(The Original) For The Defence, Dr. Thorndyke(The Original) Helen Vardon’s Confession(The Original) Mr Pottermacks Oversight(The Original) Pontifex, Son And Thorndyke (This Book)(The Original) The Cats Eye(The Original) The DArblay Mystery(The Original) The Eye of Osiris(The Original) The Jacob Street Mystery(The Original) The Mystery of 31 New Inn(The Original) The Mystery of Angelina Frood(The Original) The Penrose Mystery(The Original) The Red Thumb Mark(The Original) The Shadow of the Wolf(The Original) The Stoneware Monkey(The Original) When Rogues Fall Out