When a Man's Single: A Tale of Literary Life

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Harper & Brothers, 1889 - 234 pages
 

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Page 163 - An osier-wand dipped into the water under a weight of swallows, all going to bed together. The boy on the next house-boat kissed his hand to a broom on board the Tawny Owl, taking it for Mrs. Meredith's servant, and then retired to his kitchen smiling. From the boat-house across the river came the monotonous tap of a hammer. A reed-warbler rushed through his song. There was a soft splashing along the bank. ' There was once a literary character...
Page 37 - And he struck me as an enterprising sort of man.' ' " Enterprise without outlay " is the motto of this office,' said the chief. ' But the paper seems to be well conducted,' said Rob, a little crestfallen. ' The worst conducted in England,' said Kirker cheerfully. Rob asked how the Mirror compared with the Argus. ' They have six reporters to our three,' said Kirker, ' but we do double work and beat them.
Page 112 - ... even think original. Editors won't have that, because their readers don't want it. Every paper has its regular staff of leader-writers, and what is wanted from the outside is freshness. An editor tosses aside your column and a half about evolution, but is glad to have a paragraph saying that you saw Herbert Spencer the day before yesterday gazing solemnly for ten minutes in at a milliner's window. Fleet Street at this moment is simply running with men who want to air their views about things...
Page 121 - Can you translate that into newspaper English ? " Let me see," answered Rob, entering into the spirit of the examination. "How would this do: 'In a moment the edifice was enveloped in shooting tongues of flame; the appalling catastrophe has plunged the whole street into the gloom of night?
Page 120 - Can you translate that into newspaper English *? " " Let me see," answered Rob, entering into the spirit of the examination. " How would this do : ' In a moment the edifice was enveloped in shooting tongues of flame ; the appalling catastrophe has plunged the whole street into the gloom...
Page 28 - The floor was so littered with newspapers, many of them still in their wrappers, that, on his way between his seat and the door, the reporter generally kicked one or more into the bunk. It was in this way, unless an apprentice happened to be otherwise disengaged, that the floor was swept. " In this room were a reference library...
Page 30 - Go it, mister, go it," he cried; "anything else? Tell me Gladstone's dead next. " Sometimes about two o'clock in the morning Penny would get sociable, and the sub-editor was always glad to respond. On those occasions they talked with bated breath of the amount of copy that would come in should anything happen to Mr. Gladstone ; and the sub-editor, if he was in a despondent mood, predicted that it would occur at midnight. Thinking of this had made him a Conservative.
Page 121 - They are scholarship," replied Rob, " and there are two more, namely, ' tour de force ' and
Page 107 - ... bearded gentleman who held his head so high must be somebody in particular. Rob observed a pale young man gazing wistfully at him, and wondered if he was a thief or a sub-editor. He was merely an aspirant who had come to London that morning to make his fortune, and he took Rob for a leader writer at the least. The offices, however, and even the public buildings, the shops, the narrowness of the streets, all disappointed Rob. The houses seemed squeezed together for economy of space, like a closed...

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