Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A frightful pub

     Mr Franklin mentioned that he was a member of the Athenaeum; perhaps the General would care to . . .
     ‘That’s a frightful pub,’ said Sir Harry gloomily. ‘Jumped up schoolmasters and bloody bishops. Won’t do your standing any good to take me there — still, if you’re game, I am. Don’t let me fall asleep, though, because if I wake up there in that long room of theirs I’ll think I’m dead and waiting in some ante-room to the Day of Judgement.’

Mr American, p.388, Pan Books, paperback edition 1982.

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