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CHAPTER III. I Am indifferent to what houses I go or do not go,
?and generally do not go. But I could not help hearing that Power
and his friend, as the season advanced, had become the leading
hosts in London. The .monkey, not being a human beast, was not so
ignoble as to suffer himself to be lionised?he went nowhere, only
received. Even I myself began to feel curiosity, and to consider
whether I should not call: my old friendship with Power formed a
sufficient excuse. My friend Tobin of the Stock ExchJT; gave me
some misty information about Power and his Beast. Tobin had by
daring speculation made a vast fortune, and retired from his trade
or profession ? whichever is the appropriateterm. He had married
the daughter of an earl, cut his father, who was a shopkeeper, and
so become an English gentleman. We were on terms of close intimacy.
I really don't know what to do, said Tobin, after dinner, when he
and I were alone. Have you seen this Reuben Power every one is
talking of ? I said that I knew him. He gives the best
entertainments in London, went on Tobin, and is evidently a
gentleman. This last word Tobin loved, and rolled often and sweetly
in his mouth. You know the extraordinary rumours about his?his
friend ? Yes, I had heard the rumours. Power speculated with
marvellous effect. The curious thing is, that he would have all his
investments in trust for this monkey of his, and all his
invitations go out signed Scmnopithecus Riibicundus. When you go
there this confounded monkey receives you as host, and Power swears
he is the host. I can't make out how he could have educated him. Do
you think we oughtto go? It seems, you know, a?a sort of sacrilege
? A brute, you know, ?no soul, and all that? A strong objection,
said I. Ye...
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