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The Definite Object

Jeffery Farnol

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I wish I had it right now!"

"What would you do with it?"

"Do with it! Well, say, first off I'd—I'd buy Hermy them roses—th' whole lot," and he pointed where, among the pushcarts drawn up against the curb, was one where roses bloomed, filling the air with their sweetness. "An' next she should—"

"Then go and buy 'em, Spike!" and speaking, Mr. Ravenslee thrust a bill into Spike's hand.

"Gee—a twenty-spot! Can I, Geoff?" he cried, his blue eyes shining. "Th' whole lot—on d' level?"

"On the level."

Spike started joyfully away, paused, turned, and came back with head a-droop.

"I guess it can't be done, Geoff," he sighed.

"Why not?"

"Well, y' see, it ain't as it was my own money, really."

"But it is!"

"No, it ain't! I haven't earned it, Geoff, an' I ain't a guy as sponges on his pals, not much I ain't. Take your money, Geoff. When I buy Hermy anyt. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Sort of skimmed it. Cute in sections, but there were whole chapters that failed to hold my interest, where the ne'er-do-wells plot and scheme in thick nineteenth century New York slang. The rest of the plot is about Geoffrey, a wealthy young man who decides he needs more purpose in life and finds...more

Cutesy and funny in true Farnol fashion.

American millionaire Geoffrey Ravenshee decides to go slumming (as millionaires are wont to do) and finds Twu Wuv in Hell's Kitchen (as millionaires are wont to do).

Typical Jeffery Farnol.... great plot, swift moving action, and marvelous characters. May be old fashioned for some, but so much fun to read.