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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V THE SECOND DAY AT
MOBOTOO The next morning after breakfast, Charles and I left the
stable for a ride over the plantation. He was mounted on a strong,
serviceable gelding, better fitted for his daily, systematic task
of supervision than for the hunting field; I on a high-bred, black
Kentucky saddlemare, which he kept for the use of his friends. He
stopped first to take a glance at some work which his carpenter,
Burwell Bassett, was doing on the gardener's house. Burwell was an
aged negro, with stooping shoulders and a sleek, bald head, fringed
with wiry tufts of white wool. Before we began our ride, Charles
confided to me the fact that he was a good, worthy man, but as slow
as a tortoise or a snail at his work; so much so that he could
never understand, he said, how the construction of the Cologne
Cathedral could have gone on for hundreds of years until the
thought occurred to him that perhaps all the artisans engaged about
it might have been like Burwell Bassett. To make things worse,
Burwell, he declared, 82 was swathed in such dense folds of
self-complacency as to be entirely impervious to any dart of
criticism or reproof. "I asked him once," said Charles, "what kind
of a person a certain man whom I was thinking of hiring was." "He's
jes like me," replied Burwell. "He's a business man." Our interview
with the old man merely brought out afresh the difficulty of
dealing with him. Charles remarked that his job seemed to be making
slow progress, and he replied with unruffled serenity: "Marster,
dis am a moughty pertickler job." From the gardener's house we took
a road that led in a westerly direction to the road which ran from
the back entrance to the mansion grounds, along the stone wall, to
the iron gates. When we reached the...
|Country of origin:
William Cabell Bruce
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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