Category: Palace of Strangers

Drinks on the firm

‘You are in the estate business?’ Maier said. ‘Let me get you both a drink. What are you having?’ Solly pointed to the glasses. ‘Beer.’ Maier said: ‘On my expense account no one ever drinks...

A trip to the pub

During all his time at the office, Dadda had never yet been into a public-house in that district, and it was Solly who suggested The Grapes, a solid late-Victorian establishment whose great expanses of mirrors...

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His first break from work

Solly looked round the office. ‘You have done well here, Benno.’ ‘I have survived.’ ‘I meant that. The worst is over now?’ Dadda nodded. ‘I think so. It has been bad, and now it is...

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And neither do we

‘But it is true,’ he said; ‘and you must not be rude to your elders.’ He looked at her for a moment and, with satisfaction, identified her as a newcomer whose name he could remember....

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The roof lifts off

Mamma said: ‘Isn’t it lovely, Anna? Have you thanked Solly?’ Anna turned round. She was smiling and I think the smile deceived the two adults; Solly, at any rate. It did not deceive me. I...

A dolls’ house

Another thing that summer was Anna’s doll’s house. It was while she was still in hospital that my accident occurred, and Solly took over from Mamma the duty of visiting her. The first afternoon he...

Boredom and peace

The extra expense caused by Anna’s illness and my own was enough to be a sharp irritant, but was not crippling. Dadda worked harder, and the little business continued to float in the turbulent waters...