By A Curious Coincidence, We Had Both Fixed
Upon The Same Carriage.
I had taken the corner seats near the
platform, and he had booked the two opposite corners.
passengers sat huddled up in the middle. We kept the seats near the
door, and gave the other two away. One should always practise
There was a very talkative man in our carriage. I never came across
a man with such a fund of utterly uninteresting anecdotes. He had a
friend with him - at all events, the man was his friend when they
started - and he talked to this friend incessantly, from the moment
the train left Victoria until it arrived at Dover. First of all he
told him a long story about a dog. There was no point in the story
whatever. It was simply a bald narrative of the dog's daily doings.
The dog got up in the morning and barked at the door, and when they
came down and opened the door there he was, and he stopped all day
in the garden; and when his wife (not the dog's wife, the wife of
the man who was telling the story) went out in the afternoon, he was
asleep on the grass, and they brought him into the house, and he
played with the children, and in the evening he slept in the coal-
shed, and next morning there he was again. And so on, for about
A very dear chum or near relative of the dog's might doubtless have
found the account enthralling; but what possible interest a
stranger - a man who evidently didn't even know the dog - could be
expected to take in the report, it was difficult to conceive.
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