By P. G. Wodehouse, C. H. Bovill
"Please, sir, it's approximately my salary." His age used to be twenty-two and his identify was once Roland Bleke. Mr. Fineberg, at his observe, drew himself jointly a lot as a British sq. at Waterloo should have drawn itself jointly on the sight of a squadron of cuirassiers. "Salary?" he cried. "What approximately it? What's the problem with it? You get it, don't you?" "Yes, sir, yet --" "Well? Don't stand there like an fool. what's it?" "It's too much." Mr. Fineberg's mind reeled. It used to be inconceivable that the millennium may have arrived with a jerk; nonetheless, he had fairly heard considered one of his clerks bitch that his wage used to be too huge. . . .
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Arthur Clarke舗s 舠Rescue Party舡 has humans as the true focus, though the action follows aliens who are a dumber version of ourselves. 舡 I must admit that I舗d never thought of it that way; but Dr. Benford may be right. You have been warned. WHO WAS TO BLAME? For three days Alveron舗s thoughts had come back to that question, and still he had found no answer. A creature of a less civilized or a less sensitive race would never have let it torture his mind, and would have satisfied himself with the assurance that no one could be responsible for the working of fate.
However, I was born at the time when men were first thinking seriously of escaping from their planetary cradle, and so my imagination was deflected into space. Yet first I made a curious detour, which is obviously of great importance because it involves virtually the only memory I have of my father舒a shadowy figure who has left no other mark, even though I was over thirteen when he died. The date would have been around 1925; we were riding together in a small pony-cart near the Somerset farm into which First Lieutenant Charles Wright Clarke had sunk what was left of his army gratuity, after an earlier and still more disastrous adventure as a gentleman farmer.
But someone had to stay in the machine to keep in touch with the mother ship. Those were Alveron舗s instructions, and they were very wise. One never knew what would happen on a world that was being explored for the first time, especially under conditions such as these. Very cautiously, the three explorers stepped out of the airlock and adjusted the antigravity field of their suits. Then, each with the mode of locomotion peculiar to his race, the little party went toward the building, the Hansur twins leading and Klarten following close behind.
A Man of Means by P. G. Wodehouse, C. H. Bovill