The History of Mr Polly
Alfred Polly is apprenticed to a large hosiery and gentleman's outfitting shop as a boy of 14. He resents having to working for someone else, and when one of his friends rebels against the management in spectacular fashion and leaves, he decides it is time to move on. After his father dies and leaves him a generous bequest, he purchases his own outfitters shop in Fishbourne, a quiet town in south-east England.
At about the same time he marries, but he...
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