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Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow [Paperback]

Jerome Klapka Jerome
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"A little comic masterpiece." -- The Independent

"First published in 1886, still relevant, still devilishly funny." -- Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idle magazine and author of --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Out of print since 1955

Jerome K Jerome's humour remains as sharp and relevant today as upon its first publication in 1886. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

What readers ask now-a-days in a book is that it should improve, instruct and elevate. This book wouldn't elevate a cow. I cannot conscientiously recommend it for any useful purpose whatever. All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading "the best hundred books", you may take this up for half an hour. It will be a change. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

British author Jerome. K. Jerome (1859-1927) is most famous for his comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Tobacco has been a blessing to us idlers. What the civil-service clerk before Sir Walter's time found to occupy their minds with it is hard to imagine. I attribute the quarrelsome nature of the Middle Ages young men entirely to the want of the soothing weed. They had no work to do and could not smoke, and the consequence was they were forever fighting and rowing. If, by any extraordinary chance, there was no war going, then they got up a deadly family feud with the next-door neighbor, and if, in spite of this, they still had a few spare moments on their hands, they occupied them with discussions as to whose sweetheart was the best looking, the arguments employed on both sides being battle-axes, clubs, etc. Questions of taste were soon decided in those days. When a twelfth-century youth fell in love he did not take three paces backward, gaze into her eyes, and tell her she was too beautiful to live. He said he would step outside and see about it. And if, when he got out, he met a man and broke his head--the other man's head, I mean--then that proved that his--the first fellow's--girl was a pretty girl. But if the other fellow broke his head--not his own, you know, but the other fellow's--the other fellow to the second fellow, that is, because of course the other fellow would only be the other fellow to him, not the first fellow who--well, if he broke his head, then his girl--not the other fellow's, but the fellow who was the-- Look here, if A broke B's head, then A's girl was a pretty girl; but if B broke A's head, then A's girl wasn't a pretty girl, but B's girl was. That was their method of conducting art criticism.

Nowadays we light a pipe and let the girls fight it out among themselves. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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