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On The Stage-And Off

Jerome K. Jerome

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . office was, and loitered about there, with an uncomfortable feeling, that every one living in it knew what I had come about, and was covertly watching me from behind blinds and curtains. It seemed as though eleven o’clock never would come, but Big Ben tolled it out at last, and I walked up the door, trying to look as if I had just strolled!

When I reached the office, no one was there, and the door was locked. My heart sank within me. Had the whole thing been a cruel hoax? Was it to be another disappointment? Had the manager been murdered? Had the theater been burned down? Why were they not here? Something extraordinary must have happened to make them late on such an important occasion as this. I spent half an hour of intense suspense and then they arrived. They hoped they had not kept me waiting, and I replied, “Oh no, not at all,” and murmured something about havin. . . Read More

Community Reviews

'On the Stage - and Off: The Brief Career of a Would-be Actor' was Jerome K. Jerome's first published book. It is a lightly fictionalised memoir, rather in the style of 'Three Men in a Boat', with its hapless narrator detailing his inglorious adventures in the lower reaches of the late Victorian the