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A. V. Laider

Sir Max Beerbohm

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But it is foolish to be guided by an accident of color. I had soon rejected my first impression of my fellow-diner. I found him very sympathetic.

Anywhere but in England it would be impossible for two solitary men, howsoever much reduced by influenza, to spend five or six days in the same hostel and not exchange a single word. That is one of the charms of England. Had Laider and I been born and bred in any other land than Eng we should have become acquainted before the end of our first evening in the small smoking-room, and have found ourselves irrevocably committed to go on talking to each other throughout the rest of our visit. We might, it is true, have happened to like each other more than any one we had ever met. This off chance may have occurred to us both. But it counted for nothing against the certain surrender of quietude and liberty. We slightly bowed to each other as we entered or left the dining-room or smoking-room, and as we met on the wide-sp. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This short story was one of my favorites this semester. It is incredibly imaginative and it plays with your mind. I can't believe that there are other people that create stories this way and share them as if they were true! I just do it in my head.

There is always a slight shock in seeing an envelope of one's own after it has gone through the post. It looks as if it had gone through so much.

This is the second short story by Max Beerbohm I've recently read — both were titled with a man's name; the other was Enoch Soames: A Memory of the Eighte

A gentle, amusing and mischievous short story. The imagined discussion between the envelopes on the hotel letter board is as humorous as it is ridiculous.
Fun to read.

I did not like it.

I don't think I could give such a slight story 5 stars, though it's perfect of its kind. It reminded me of looking in a mirror with a mirror behind you, and so on and so on.

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