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The Last Asset

By Wharton, Edith

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Title: The Last Asset  
Author: Wharton, Edith
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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THE devil! Paul Garnett exclaimed as he re-read his note; and the dry old gentleman who was at the moment his only neighbour in the quiet restaurant they both frequented, remarked with a smile: You don't seem particularly annoyed at meeting him. Garnett returned the smile. I don't know why I apostrophized him, for he's not in the least present — except inasmuch as he may prove to be at the bottom of anything unexpected. The old gentleman who, like Garnett, was an American, and spoke in the thin rarefied voice which seems best fitted to emit sententious truths, twisted his lean neck toward the younger man and cackled out shrewdly: Ah, it's generally a woman who is at the bottom of the unexpected. Not, he added, leaning forward with deliberation to select a tooth-pick, that that precludes the devil's being there too. Garnett uttered the requisite laugh, and his neighbour, pushing back his plate, called out with a perfectly unbending American intonation: Gassong! L'addition, silver play. His repast, as usual, had been a simple one, and he left only thirty centimes in the plate on which his account was presented; but the waiter, to whom he was evidently a familiar presence, received the tribute with Latin affability, and hovered helpfully about the table while the old gentleman cut and lighted his cigar.

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