Downhill

[original and reconstructed titles]

1
Here is a tale of two 
      school-boys who 
made a pact of loyalty. 
One of them kept it -- 
at a price.

2
The World of Youth.

3
"I wish you had more sons 
like Roddy to send us, Sir 
Thomas."

4
"Certainly, Tim - and if you 
get it, I may be able to afford 
to send you to Oxford."

5
"This is my sister, sir."

6
"...... ad tuam gloriam 
utamur, per Jesum Christum, 
Dominum nostrum."

7
".... and he has been 
appointed Captain of the 
School for the ensuing 
year."

8
"The Headmaster wants you 
in his study."

9
"You, too."

10
"You boys can no doubt 
guess why I have sent 
for you."

11
"This girl has brought a 
charge - a most serious 
charge."

12
"Which boy is it?"

13
"Wakeley, you can go."

14
"His father's rolling in money 
- he's got to see me through 
it!"

15
"Have you nothing to say, 
my boy?"

16
"In the circumstances, Berwick, 
you cannot remain here another 
night."

17
"Can I - won't I be able 
to play for the Old Boys, 
sir?"

18
"I couldn't speak, Roddy. 
My scholarship - - it 
would have broken Dad's 
heart."

19
"I know. That's why I kept 
silent."

20
"You needn't be afraid. 
I won't sneak."

21
"I - I've come back early for 
a special reason, Mother."

22
"I've heard great things 
about you, my boy."

23
"Term doesn't end for another 
week. Why have you come 
home?"

24
"That waitress, the day of the 
match? That servant-girl?"

25
"Expelled!"

26
"But, father, I swear 
I did nothing -"

27
"LIAR!"

28
"Do you think I'm going 
to stay here, after being 
called a liar?"

29
So the pact was kept 
  - - at a price.

30
The world of Make-believe.

31
"You forgot your cigarette-case 
again to-night."

32
"I - I never wear an 
overcoat -"

33
"Why, you silly boy, I believe 
you're falling in love with me."

34
"Another cloak? Do you want 
to ruin me?"

35
30,000

36
"Hullo! Come in for some 
money?"

37
"They're yours, dear boy. 
Regard them as an entrance 
fee."

38
"Au revoir."

39 [small text]
30,000

40
"Better send them to your 
own bank - - before the 
crash comes."

41
"Get out - both of you!"

42
"You made the flat over to 
me - so you can get out 
yourself!"

43
The World of Lost Illusions.

44
Madame la patronne, 
 expert in human 
     nature.

45
"There is a nice English boy, 
very cheap at fifty frances a 
dance."

46
"That will make you owing 
me forty-five now."

47
".... and very cheap at fifty 
frances a dance."

48
"You poor boy, how did 
you come down to - - 
this?"

49
"It sometimes helps - to talk. 
Why not tell me - - I shall 
understand."

50
"... and then I married, 
and that was the worst 
mess of all."

51
"I don't know why I am 
telling you all this -"

52
"You seem different, some-
how - - among all this 
artificiality -"

53
Searching, relentless 
      sun-light.

54
Downhill ---- till what 
   was left of him 
was thrown to the rats 
of a Marseilles dock-
side.

55
"Best take him back to London
this trip. He got friends there
- mebbe they give you something."

56
"You've got to take me back, 
father, you've got to take me 
back!"

57
"He's dotty - he's seein' 
things."

58
After five days and 
nights in a world 
of delirium.

59
Blind instinct led him
       home.

60
"Sir Thomas is out, Master 
Roddy, and your mother."

61
"I have been searching for 
you, my boy - to ask your 
pardon. I know everything."

62
"Roddy, can you ever forgive 
me?"

63
The Old Boys' match.


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