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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880. Excerpt: ... might be sent for in the course of an hour, when he would have returned, he said, from executing a commission at Messrs. Mellish's, the jewellers in Cockspur-street. But, as he passed the University Club, he was seized upon by an old college chum, one Tom Boscombe, whom he had not seen for some time, and who held him in converse, and insisted on hearing all about his schemes for the future, over a glass of sherry and a biscuit at the club. Farley was not a whit less open to the charms of social intercourse now, on the eve of his departure for a fresh, but by no means first, start in life, and when his time was so precious, than he had ever been; and by degrees, under the influence of his friend's conversation, the Amontillado sherry, and a cigar, he forgot all about his commission at the jeweller's, and was only reminded even of his appointment about the coat at his lodgings when he at last idly essayed to button the vexatious garment. 'Walk back to Jermyn-street with me, like a good fellow,' he said to Boscombe; 'I must give this coat to my tailor to be altered: he has been waiting there, poor devil, a couple of hours already, I expect; so come along. I'll put on another; we'll take a stroll in the Park; then come back and have a quiet little dinner together at the Blue Posts, and talk further about those dear old days;' and the twofriends, arm-in-arm, returned to Farley's abode. In the hall was seated the tailor's workman, who rose respectfully as they entered. 'Afraid I've kept you rather long; just come into my room, and I will give you the coat there/ said Farley, leading the way up-stairs. The young man followed, and after having carefully folded the troublesome coat, and put it into his bag, departed. As the door closed on him, Boscombe observed, '...
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