The Last Straw
John was tenant of a small farm in the north. One
of the old school, he was a hard worker and fiercely impatient of any
set-backs. Bad weather for weeks on end, had, however, badly disorganised work
on the farm and in particular there had been serious delay in getting in his
hay. He was, however, relying on the promise of assistance from a relative who
was Chief Officer on the Queen Elizabeth and residing in the district on
At last the weather improved and work was to
commence next day. The Chief Officer duly appeared at the farm as arranged but
only to report that he had been suddenly recalled to his ship which was due to
sail that night.
All his plans thus upset, John was at first
speechless with anger.
"Dammit! Dammit!" he stormed. "Can the Queen
Elizabeth no wait an sail on a weit day."
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