A proper card

27 02 2016

The Card by Arnold Bennett

Don't be put off by the cover

Don’t be put off by the cover

His antics are regarded with affection and admiration by most others, as shown by the book’s final exchange:

“What a card!” said one, laughing joyously. “He’s a rare ‘un, no mistake.”

“Of course, this’ll make him more popular than ever,” said another. “We’ve never had a man to touch him for that.”

“And yet,” demanded Councillor Barlow, “what’s he done? Has he ever done a day’s work in his life? What great cause is he identified with?”

“He’s identified,” said the speaker, “with the great cause of cheering us all up.”

Denry Machin is a social climber and works his way up the ladder thanks to a combination of luck and wit. No-one though can touch him. It’s a quick and amusing read and well written (and apparently was made into a film too). Well worth the effort of a free download for Kindle.

 

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