Extract, Short Fiction
Mathematics, Commerce, Reading
The narrator has been 'educated for the church', but loses his family living, and is forced to find other work. He works as a clerk to a brewer, but is dismissed, and after 'years of struggling and striving', he once more finds himself without work in a small market town. He stands gazing at the books in the window of a small stationer's shop; he recalls: 'The first I noticed was, "The Young Gentleman's Multiplication Table, or Two and Two make Four"—I sighed as I remembered how little this promising study had availed me!' (54).
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