Later on Mr Golspie seems even more glamorous, when, shortly before leaving for a short trip, he asks her to take down letters on board the moored steamship Lemmala, and pours her some vodka.
They go on Angel pavement second date, but she does not turn up to a third date, and he is devastated. Smeeth returns home, and finding the Mittys there, throws them out. In Chapter 11, Mr.
The party is not a success, firstly because of the incompetence Angel pavement the servants and secondly because of the unexpected arrival of the daughter, Lena Golspie, who quarrels with Miss Verever and Mrs Dersingham.
Dersingham returns home, obviously tipsy in front of their friends, and his wife is infuriated, turning panicky when she hears the news of the ruin.
The next evening, Mr Golspie takes Mr Smeeth out for a drink at the White Horse, and tells him he ought to ask for a rise. Plot summary[ edit ] The prologue depicts the arrival in London of Mr Golspie, who has come by steamship from an unnamed Baltic country. But at five, Mr Dersingham returns and informs Mr Smeeth that the newcomer has offered a cheap supply of veneers from the Baltic, and their immediate future is assured.
He returns to his rented room and considers suicide. He had spent years making neat little columns of figures, entering ledgers and then balancing them, but this was not drudgery to him. The firm, which imports veneers and inlays to sell to cabinet makers and furniture manufacturers, is struggling to cope with the consequences of poor management, declining demand and an economy hardly geared to a sudden improvement in trade.
Mr Smeeth is baffled, especially when Mr Dersingham rings up and tells him to sack their senior traveller, Mr Goath. Priestley was at his best.
The fifth chapter depicts the narrow world of the typist, Miss Matfield, and her disastrous date with Norman Birtley, which is enlivened only by an accidental meeting with Mr Golspie, who gives her a box of chocolates on a whim.
Mr Golspie arrives with a dispatch case containing a sample book of veneers and inlays, and asks to see Mr Dersingham. He admits everything in despair, and they drive to Carrington Villas, but Lena is not there — she has run off. Benenden, a tobacconist in Angel Pavement Mrs Cross, the cleaner ch.
Golspie has swindled them all and fled; the firm faces inevitable bankruptcy very soon. She is bored, and takes him out to the cinema, flirting with him afterwards. Smeeth falls out with his wife, and is later disturbed by the departure of the office boy Stanley and a road accident involving the tobacconist Benenden.
Priestley is the master of the art of describing his characters with affection and a faint touch of humour, and his flair for dialogue came to the fore long before he became a successful dramatist.
The epilogue depicts the unabashed Golspies on their way to South America. Even Smeeth, who in one sense feels so content, even secure, in his work, knows how precarious his world really is.
Mr Golspie sacks Mr Turgis. He has just arrived in London on a Baltic cargo ship with a display case full of veneer samples and the sole UK agency for a new product, and he is looking to persuade some gullible fool that together they are set to make a fortune.
His son George seems to be employed by crooks, and Mr Golspie makes an arrangement with Mr Dersingham which strikes Smeeth as suspicious. God, I was a fool to trust that chap a yard. The second chapter introduces the tobacconist T.
I was so tickled by that name. I am sure that I knew people niot too far removed from Herbert Norman Smeeth, the cashier; Harold Turgis, the railway shipping clerk; and Lilian Matfield, the secretary-typist.
He discusses his immediate plans with the crew. The fourth chapter depicts one of the miserable weekends of the lonely young clerk, Mr Turgis, who wanders around London taking in any amusements he Angel pavement afford.
He is such fun to read —even when the subject is deadly serious. Angel Pavement may sound colourful and romantic as an address, but, in truth, it is a typical City side street, except that it is shorter, narrower and dingier than most. Dersingham breaks the news to Mr Smeeth that Mr.
They begin to go on dates secretly. It is vintage Priestley. He powerfully evokes the social background of the period, especially the constant fear of unemployment among people who lived from week to week and could barely afford to save.
He loves his repetitive job. Business has not been good, and Mr Dersingham is trying to decide whom to sack.Aug 19, · With Anthony Bate, Murray Melvin, Cyril Luckham, Hilda Braid/10(7).
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