Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly meme sponsored by Rose City Reader where one shares the beginning of a book.
The Duke of Aliquid's hobby in life was philanthropy. He was an ardent supporter of almost every cause devoted to the relief of suffering or to the uplift of the human race. His big sprawling signature was familiar to all those who are accustomed to receive begging letters, and most of them had learnt long ago to throw straight into the waste-paper basket all appeals which bore his name.
The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice in which one shares a couple of lines from page 56 of any book.
"I have always understood, "said Miss Perks, "that it is wisest for missionaries to be married because of the black women. What do you think Mr. Rogers?"
"Oh, much best," said David, "though, of course - "
"I know perfectly well what you are going to say," said Miss Perks, "and I don't agree in the least. What I always maintain is that clergymen and even missionaries are no different from other men. And the effect of hot climates in stimulating the passions is notorious. So a wife is a necessity, though not always, I fear, an adequate safeguard. Don't you agree?"
"I suppose it depends a bit on the wife," said David.
Interested in reading the book even as the Duke goes on helping others and Miss Perks goes on worrying about the morals of clergymen, and the effects of hot weather? Get a copy of The Affair at Aliquid by G.D.H and Margaret Cole.