Thanks for visiting, son. Here’s your bill.

An Edinburgh street scene, by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd

Quick Quotes 21.  The following quote is taken from John Bull and His Island, by Max O’Rell, published in 1883:

But it is in Scotland above all that one must look for sound business principles. Indeed, those who have never been to Scotland cannot form a notion of what it is to be serious. A young Scotch friend of mine, of high literary reputation, generally spends, once a year, a month with this family on the outskirts of Edinburgh. His father is a Presbyterian minister occupying a very enviable position.

On the day of his departure, my friend invariably finds on the breakfast table, by the side of his plate, a little paper carefully folded. It is a detailed account of the meals he has had during his visit to his father’s house: in other words, his bill. But the son is as sound a Caledonian as papa, and does not part with his coin before he has ascertained that all the items are accurate, and the addition correct.

“Why, father, I see you have marked bacon and eggs for my yesterday’s breakfast; I assure you I did not touch the eggs.”

“You were wrong not to do so then, my boy: they were on the table; why didn’t you help yourself?”

I know another interesting Scotch papa who presents his children, as they come of age, with the bill of all that he has spent upon them, including the fees of nurse and doctor. The children sign and undertake to repay the outlay.

An Edinburgh street scene, by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd


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1 Response to Thanks for visiting, son. Here’s your bill.

  1. scifimike70 says:

    Interesting.

    Liked by 2 people

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