Penelope's English Experiences Being Extracts From The Commonplace Book Of Penelope Hamilton By Kate Douglas Wiggin







































































































 -   She begins by
making three columns headed respectively F., S., and P.  These
initials stand for Francesca, Salemina, and Penelope - Page 3
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She Begins By Making Three Columns Headed Respectively F., S., And P. These Initials Stand For Francesca, Salemina, And Penelope, But They Resemble The Signs For Pounds, Shillings, And Pence So Perilously That They Introduce An Added Distraction.

She then places in each column the items in which we are all equal, such as rooms, attendance, fires, and lights.

Then come the extras, which are different for each person: more ale for one, more hot baths for another; more carriages for one, more lemon squashes for another. Francesca's column is principally filled with carriages and lemon squashes. You would fancy her whole time was spent in driving and drinking, if you judged her merely by this weekly statement at the hotel.

When she has reached the point of dividing the whole bill into three parts, so that each person may know what is her share, she adds the three together, expecting, not unnaturally, to get the total amount of the bill. Not at all. She never comes within thirty shillings of the desired amount, and she is often three or four guineas to the good or to the bad. One of her difficulties lies in her inability to remember that in English money it makes a difference where you place a figure, whether, in the pound, shilling, or pence column. Having been educated on the theory that a six is a six the world over, she charged me with sixty shillings' worth of Apollinaris in one week. I pounced on the error, and found that she had jotted down each pint in the shilling instead of in the pence column.

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