November 1.—My entry yesterday about “retired tired,”
which I did not notice at the time, is rather funny. If I were
not so worried just now, I might have had a little joke about it.
The sweep called, but had the audacity to come up to the hall-door and
lean his dirty bag of soot on the door-step. He, however, was
so polite, I could not rebuke him. He said Sarah lighted the fire.
Unfortunately, Sarah heard this, for she was dusting the banisters,
and she ran down, and flew into a temper with the sweep, causing a row
on the front door-steps, which I would not have had happen for anything.
I ordered her about her business, and told the sweep I was sorry to
have troubled him; and so I was, for the door-steps were covered with
soot in consequence of his visit. I would willingly give ten shillings
to find out who tore my diary.
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).