By P. G. Wodehouse, C. H. Bovill
"Please, sir, it's approximately my salary." His age used to be twenty-two and his identify used to be Roland Bleke. Mr. Fineberg, at his notice, drew himself jointly a lot as a British sq. at Waterloo should have drawn itself jointly on the sight of a squadron of cuirassiers. "Salary?" he cried. "What approximately it? What's the problem with it? You get it, don't you?" "Yes, sir, yet --" "Well? Don't stand there like an fool. what's it?" "It's too much." Mr. Fineberg's mind reeled. It was once inconceivable that the millennium can have arrived with a jerk; nevertheless, he had notably heard considered one of his clerks whinge that his wage used to be too huge. . . .
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Every day of my life I had heard someone crying at the Light House. In the brief pauses between roughhousing and fights, between laughter and screaming, there had always been tears. And I had tried my best to love every one of them because I was the orphan no family wanted to adopt, the only one who could never leave the Light House. Still, Rie's terrified tears were particularly satisfying, like hands caressing me in exactly the right places—not vague, imaginary hands but his hands, the ones I was sure would know just how to please me.
But I do almost nothing and still eat three meals a day. " "You should take up a sport," he said. I shook my head without looking up. "I'd rather watch," I said, wincing at my own words. Those hours at the pool were my private indulgence, and I made a point of sitting as far as possible from the diving platform in order to keep them secret. I was also careful to avoid running into Jun or his teammates at the entrance to the gym, so it was possible that he'd never realized I was there. Still, it made me sad somehow if he hadn't, even though I was the one taking all those precautions.
Let me help you," I said, forcing myself to sound cheerful, afraid that unless I spoke I would be crushed by desire. "Thanks," he said. I turned on the faucet next to him and rinsed the soap from one of the suits. I let the water trickle in a thin stream, cautious not to make noise and wake someone else, ending this moment with Jun. There were three suits, and I knew the pattern on each: the one he got when he first joined the diving team, the one from a big meet the previous year, the one the children had given him for his birthday.
A Man of Means by P. G. Wodehouse, C. H. Bovill