July 2.—Cummings called, looked very pale, and said he had
been very ill again, and of course not a single friend had been near
him. Carrie said she had never heard of it, whereupon he threw
down a copy of the Bicycle News on the table, with the following
paragraph: “We regret to hear that that favourite old roadster,
Mr. Cummings (‘Long’ Cummings), has met with what might
have been a serious accident in Rye Lane. A mischievous boy threw
a stick between the spokes of one of the back wheels, and the machine
overturned, bringing our brother tricyclist heavily to the ground.
Fortunately he was more frightened than hurt, but we missed his merry
face at the dinner at Chingford, where they turned up in good numbers.
‘Long’ Cummings’ health was proposed by our popular
Vice, Mr. Westropp, the prince of bicyclists, who in his happiest vein
said it was a case of ‘Cumming(s) thro’ the Rye,
but fortunately there was more wheel than woe,’
a joke which created roars of laughter.”
We all said we were very sorry, and pressed Cummings to stay to supper.
Cummings said it was like old times being without Lupin, and he was
much better away.
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).