April 28.—At the office, the new and very young clerk Pitt,
who was very impudent to me a week or so ago, was late again.
I told him it would be my duty to inform Mr. Perkupp, the principal.
To my surprise, Pitt apologised most humbly and in a most gentlemanly
fashion. I was unfeignedly pleased to notice this improvement
in his manner towards me, and told him I would look over his unpunctuality.
Passing down the room an hour later. I received a smart smack
in the face from a rolled-up ball of hard foolscap. I turned round
sharply, but all the clerks were apparently riveted to their work.
I am not a rich man, but I would give half-a-sovereign to know whether
that was thrown by accident or design. Went home early and bought
some more enamel paint—black this time—and spent the evening
touching up the fender, picture-frames, and an old pair of boots, making
them look as good as new. Also painted Gowing’s walking-stick,
which he left behind, and made it look like ebony.
The Diary of a Nobody
is the fictitious diary of Charles Pooter, written by George
Grossmith and originally serialised in Punch magazine in 1888 and 1889.
The text of this version is taken from
the Gutenberg etext
, and the weblog
format was engineered by Kevan Davis
(initially a straight
weblog in 2004, then rewritten as an auto RSS generator in April 2007).