Quiet and restrained

Tallis Steelyard

Had I not been there I might not have believed it, but I was there so I do. Maljie, sounding entirely sensible, commented that now some of the better grocers and provisions merchants were delivering into her part of the city, it no longer made sense to go into the market to do one’s own shopping. It must be mentioned, if only in passing, that she never in point of fact intimated that it was because she was growing old or any nonsense like that. It was just so much more sensible and convenient. Especially when we were at that time of year when there is often so much illness about.

So every week she or Margarita would send a mendicant with their order, and every week the cart would pull up outside their house and deliver. It was all most civilised and the system is becoming more popular generally…

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