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Yet that’s a decades in the past. There’s now not a lot jollity approximately me now. I’m simply J. Bindon. ” “Oh, you’re simply J. Bindon. The Mr. Bindon, I presume, with whose correspondence I’ve been honoured? ” “That’s the chap. ” “And whose ‘shipments’ at times have come at hand? ” “Ah, them shipments! ” “As you are saying, Mr. Bindon, ‘Ah, them shipments. ’ I don’t understand while you're acutely aware, Mr. Bindon, that your spouse is in my drawing-room? ” “Ssh! ” Mr. Bindon positioned his ringer to his lips. He approached Mr. Harland with a mysterious air, “Might I ask you to not communicate so loud, Mr. ‘arland, and never to pronounce my identify. for those who needs to name me anything, I’d you used to be to name me Jack. ” “Is your identify, Mr. Bindon, now not one in all that you have cause to be proud? ” “Don’t you, Mr. ‘arland, don’t you currently. ” He placed a query from in the back of the canopy of his hand. “How lots of ‘em are there? ” “How many are there—of Mrs. Bindon? ” The husband and the daddy sighed. “If you're keen on to place it that manner. ” “I take into account that in my drawing-room at the moment there are 11. ” Mr. Bindon put his silk hat on a chair. He started back to mop his forehead. “That’s all, is it? Then there’s a few extra of ‘em approximately. i guess you couldn’t inform me which of ‘em is there? ” “I’m afraid no longer. i haven't myself been brought to the entire of Mrs. Bindon—only to 2 of her. And on the subject of that i have never been honoured with a proper creation. but when you love i'm going to ring the bell, and the servant shall make inquiries. ” “Not for worlds, Mr. ‘arland, no longer for worlds! I wouldn’t ave ‘em comprehend that i used to be ‘ere no longer for one thousand money. Mr. ‘arland, you glance upon a guy who’s in a notable state of affairs. ” “I can simply think, Mr. Bindon, that i glance upon a guy who, upon multiple social gathering, has been in a amazing scenario. ” “It’s effortless to snort, Mr. ‘arland, yet conditions is improved than us. Do you take into accout while I left Duddenham? ” “For the advantage of your future health, used to be it now not? ” “Just—just so. For the advantage of my ‘ealth. incidentally, i guess I ain’t working no chance in coming again? ” “You might be a greater pass judgement on than I. ” “Some—someone have been knocking a gamekeeper at the ‘ead, yet I’ll swear it wasn’t me. i used to be greatly misjudged in them days, Mr. ‘arland. ‘Owsomever, i assume all that's forgotten years in the past, and while I left Duddenham, Mr. ‘arland, I went to the USA, after which i discovered myself within the urban of the Saints. ” “The urban of the Saints? ” “In Salt Lake urban, Mr. ‘arland. I received on in my modest method; I definitely obtained on. yet I quickly observed that there has been a technique of having on which was once higher than the other. ” “And that was once? ” “Marrying. now not as you know it over the following, marrying one younger lady and getting performed with it; yet marrying within the wholesale line. In them days no guy got here to a lot in Salt Lake urban who ‘adn’t acquired no less than a dozen better halves. I continually ‘ad ‘ad a watch for a feminine. I’d received no objection to a dozen, nor but a ranking. So I regarded approximately to work out ‘ow i may get ‘em. ” Mr. Bindon coughed modestly at the back of his handkerchief. He took a chair.

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