Diary Of A Pilgrimage By Jerome K. Jerome




























































































 - Diary of a Pilgrimage

by Jerome K. Jerome

(From the 1919 J. W. Arrowsmith edition.)


PREFACE



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Diary Of A Pilgrimage

By Jerome K. Jerome

(From the 1919 J. W. Arrowsmith edition.)

PREFACE

Said a friend of mine to me some months ago: "Well now, why don't you write a SENSIBLE book? I should like to see you make people think."

"Do you believe it can be done, then?" I asked.

"Well, try," he replied.

Accordingly, I have tried. This is a sensible book. I want you to understand that. This is a book to improve your mind. In this book I tell you all about Germany - at all events, all I know about Germany - and the Ober-Ammergau Passion Play. I also tell you about other things. I do not tell you all I know about all these other things, because I do not want to swamp you with knowledge. I wish to lead you gradually. When you have learnt this book, you can come again, and I will tell you some more. I should only be defeating my own object did I, by making you think too much at first, give you a perhaps, lasting dislike to the exercise. I have purposely put the matter in a light and attractive form, so that I may secure the attention of the young and the frivolous. I do not want them to notice, as they go on, that they are being instructed; and I have, therefore, endeavoured to disguise from them, so far as is practicable, that this is either an exceptionally clever or an exceptionally useful work. I want to do them good without their knowing it. I want to do you all good - to improve your minds and to make you think, if I can.

WHAT you will think after you have read the book, I do not want to know; indeed, I would rather not know. It will be sufficient reward for me to feel that I have done my duty, and to receive a percentage on the gross sales.

LONDON, March, 1891.

DIARY OF A PILGRIMAGE

MONDAY, 19TH

My Friend B. - Invitation to the Theatre. - A Most Unpleasant Regulation. - Yearnings of the Embryo Traveller. - How to Make the Most of One's Own Country. - Friday, a Lucky Day. - The Pilgrimage Decided On.

My friend B. called on me this morning and asked me if I would go to a theatre with him on Monday next.

"Oh, yes! certainly, old man," I replied. "Have you got an order, then?"

He said:

"No; they don't give orders. We shall have to pay."

"Pay! Pay to go into a theatre!" I answered, in astonishment. "Oh, nonsense! You are joking."

"My dear fellow," he rejoined, "do you think I should suggest paying if it were possible to get in by any other means? But the people who run this theatre would not even understand what was meant by a 'free list,' the uncivilised barbarians! It is of no use pretending to them that you are on the Press, because they don't want the Press; they don't think anything of the Press.

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