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JOHN BULL’S OTHER ISLAND

by Bernard Shaw

Great George Street, Westminster, is the address of Doyle and Broadbent, civil engineers.  On the threshold one reads that the firm consists of Mr Lawrence Doyle and Mr Thomas Broadbent, and that their rooms are on the first floor.  Most of their rooms are private; for the partners, being bachelors and bosom friends, live there; and the door marked Private, next the clerks’ office, is their domestic sitting room as well as their reception room for clients.  Let me describe it briefly from the point of view of a sparrow on the window sill.  The outer door is in the opposite wall, close to the right hand corner.  Between this door and the left hand corner is a hatstand and a table consisting of large drawing boards on trestles, with plans, rolls of tracing paper, mathematical instruments and other draughtsman’s accessories on it.  In the left hand wall is the fireplace,

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