Books: Dickensian

THE MIDNIGHT BELL—Patrick Hamil-ton—Little, Brown ($2.50).

Bob is the waiter at the Midnight Bell, a small pub in the East End of London. He likes his job, he is efficient and cheerful, well set up and handsome. The barmaid loves him, the Master and Missus consider him a find. He is popular with the customers and makes five shillings a night in tips, with any luck. On his nights off he very seldom encourages the bar-maid's hopeless passion by taking her to the cinema; he spends his holidays alone, cheaply, and has saved...

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