Ruggles of Red Gap
by Harry Leon Wilson (9781458971210)

Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Release Date: 04 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 98
Category: Humorous
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458971210
ISBN-10: 145897121X

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER THREE Al brisked out of bed the following morning at half-after six, 1 could not but wonder rather nervously what the day might have in store for me. I was obliged to admit that what I was in for looked a bit thick. As I opened my door I heard stealthy footsteps down the hall and looked out in time to observe Cousin Egbert entering his own room. It was not this that startled inc. He would have been abroad, I knew, for the ham and eggs that were forbidden him. Yet I stood aghast, for with the lounge-suit of tweeds I had selected the day before he had worn his top-hat I am aware that these things I relate of him may not be credited. I can only put them down in all sincerity. I hastened to him and removed the thing from his head. I fear it was not with the utmost deference, for I have my human moments. "It's not done, sir," I protested. He saw that I was offended. "All right, sir," he replied meekly. "But how was I to know? I thought it kind of set me off." He referred to it as a "stove-pipe" hat. I knew then that I should find myself overlooking many things in him. He was not a person one could be stern with, and I even promised that Mrs. Effie should not be told of his offence, he promising in turn never again to stir abroad without first submitting himself to me and agreeing also to wear sock-suspenders from that day forth. I saw, indeed, that diplomacy might work wonders with him. At breakfast in the drawing-room, during which Cousin Egbert earned warm praise from Mrs. Erne for his lack of appetite (he winking violently at me during this), I learned that I should be expected to accompany him to a certain art gallery which corresponds to our British Museum. I was a bit surprised, indeed, to learn that he largely spent his days there, and was accustomed t...

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