THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS
Author : John Buchan
I returned from the City about three o'clock on that May afternoon pretty
well disgusted with life. I had been three months in the Old Country, and was
fed up with it. If anyone had told me a year ago that I would have been feeling
like that I should have laughed at him; but there was the fact. The weather made
me liverish, the talk of the ordinary Englishman made me sick, I couldn't get
enough exercise, and the amusements of London seemed as flat as soda- water
that has been standing in the sun. 'Richard Hannay,' I kept telling myself,
'you have got into the wrong ditch, my friend, and you had better climb out.'
It made me bite my lips to think of the plans I had been building up those last
years in Bulawayo. I had got my pile - not one of the big ones, but good enough
for me; and I had figured out all kinds of ways of enjoying myself...
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