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In fairness to the writer I must again quote his letter
in toto, as he would have phrased it.

"Dear George, I confess I am disappointed with
your letter. 450 a year is a big sum and should be
more than ample for all your requirements. I do not
propose to comment on the fact that you have found
it necessary to buy a horse, although I am not sur-
prised that you find that time hangs heavy on your
hands. When I last saw you I told you that in my
view the best thing you could do would be to qualify
to be called to the Bar, that you should go into a
barrister's chambers and work there steadily until
you were called. The training is excellent, it gives
you an insight into business matters, and enables you
to acquire the power of steady concentration. I have
also intimated to you as strongly as I could that you
are wasting your time and energies in pursuing a
course of desultory reading. I consider it a shame
that a young fellow with your health and strength
and more than average amount of brains should be
content to potter around and not take up some serious
calling <MK! occupation. I venture to prophesy that
this will one day be brought home to you and perhaps
too late. My view is, 'Don't ride the high horse.'
He won't carry you across country and the chances
are you will come a cropper at your fences. Yours
sincerely, Percival G. Pcnnett, P.S.50 is a large
sum to spend for the object you propose. I am there-
fore paying into your account 35, which sum will be
deducted from the next instalment of your income."

Dismissing the idea of working steadily in a barris-
ter's chambers, which was too unpalatable to be dwelt
on, however briefly, I wondered whether the truth of
Mr. Pennetfs prophecy would ever be "brought home
to me". It was a nuisance about the money, though;