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Quote of the day No 68

Thursday 27 April 2017

Now the offices of the canal navigation are dusty rooms. The dust hangs heavily on all the maps that surround the walls. Were it the office of a mortuary or the room of the little man who kept the records in the Morgue, there would be more business done there in an idle day. As it is, so far as I could see, the only company the officer keeps are his papers. To be suddenly confronted, then, by a strange individual, who immediately plunges into some abstruse controversy as to the meaning of the word gentleman, was a little more than he could bear. I think some of the dust of the office must long have got into his brain, for the more I said, the more confused he grew. Had I brought a feather brush with me and ruthlessly swept the dust from every shelf and cranny in the place, I could scarce have upset him more.

When, then, I saw him growing red in the face, I changed the subject. ‘In any case,’ said I, ‘it concerns me more to know if I can hire a barge.’ ‘You can hire twenty,’ he replied. ‘But I prefer you did it than I. Do you intend to sleep on board?’

I confessed it had been my intention.

‘Then you won’t want an old manure barge?’

‘I might feel a prejudice against that,’ said I.

He fell to looking over some papers. Presently he raised his head. ‘There’s a barge at Oxford,’ he informed me. ‘She used to be on the Thames and Severn Canal — carried stone — wood sometimes. She’s just been done up at Braunston and brought along there. If you went down there at once and saw the owner, he might hire her to you for a couple of months, and make a bit out of it himself.’

‘What’s her name?’ said I.

‘The Flower of Gloster.’

Now when he said that, then I knew she was mine. The Flower of Gloster! The name alone would have disinfected her of all the disagreeable odours in the world.

E Temple Thurston - The Flower of Gloster

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