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to feel the place with one of his legs he drew it
quickly back
because as soon as he touched it he was overcome by a
cold shudder.
He slid back into his former position. "Getting up
early all the
time", he thought, "it makes you stupid. You've got to
get enough
sleep. Other travelling salesmen live a life of luxury.
For
instance, whenever I go back to the guest house during
the morning
to copy out the contract, these gentlemen are always
still sitting
there eating their breakfasts. I ought to just try that
with my
boss; I'd get kicked out on the spot. But who knows,
maybe that
would be the best thing for me. If I didn't have my
parents to
think about I'd have given in my notice a long time ago,
I'd have
gone up to the boss and told him just what I think, tell
him
everything I would, let him know just what I feel. He'd
fall right
off his desk! And it's a funny sort of business to be
sitting up
there at your desk, talking down at your subordinates
from up there,
especially when you have to go right up close because
the boss is
hard of hearing. Well, there's still some hope; once
I've got the
money together to pay off my parents' debt to him -
another five or
six years I suppose - that's definitely what I'll do.
That's when
I'll make the big change. First of all though, I've got
to get up,
my train leaves at five."
And he looked over at the alarm clock, ticking on the
chest of
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