By Beverley Nichols
During this, the second one quantity of the Merry corridor trilogy, Nichols is much less all in favour of his backyard and extra together with his condominium, however the tale does comprise the memorable characters Our Rose, the ditzy floral fashion designer, and the cantankerous gardener Oldfield.
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Nichols has just gone out. If you'll just hold the line for a moment' . . (Aside, to me: 'It's that mad woman at Woking, the one who wants you to go and stay in a Page 19 caravan') . . 'I'm so sorry, madam, you've missed him, his car's just gone down the lane. ' When I told Gaskin that the stained-glass window must go, his reaction was immediate, and strongly hostile. ' he exclaimed. ' Gaskin gave a distinct snort. ' Making good! It is a phrase which sends cold shudders down my back. One orders something to be done, like pulling down a picture rail, or ripping off a dado something that surely could not be simpler and then, when the picture rail is removed, half the wall comes down with it, and when the dado is removed it unlooses an avalanche of plaster and discloses a sinister hole that leads straight to the cellar.
Lay not up for yourself treasures on earth,' I reflected somewhat belatedly as I stood there, blinking at the emptiness. ' Mine, needless to say, were not. Meanwhile Gaskin was running here, there and everywhere, returning every other minute with news of some fresh disaster. First it was the typewriter that had gone. Then a radio set. Then some gold cuff-links. Then three brand new suits which, ironically enough, had arrived from the tailors that very morning and had never even been worn. Finally the gloomy catalogue was complete, and he came in and sat down with me and Cyril, awaiting the arrival of the police.
I ran out into the hall, and up the staircase. Page 32 III The burglars had entered through the mermaid's behind. The reader may remember that this object was large, pink, and hexagonal, ideally constructed for such purposes. Having removed the behind which, with a curious solicitude, they had propped up on the ledge, where it stared at me with a most sinister expression they had proceeded to remove the head of the spaniel, the breasts of two of the ducks, and part of the bar of music. These objects had fallen on to the carpet, where I let them remain.