My Lady Nicotine

My Lady Nicotine

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by J. M. Barrie
     
 

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J.M. Barrie is the Scottish writer who captured children's hearts worldwide with the memorable Peter Pan. This book, is a collection of hilarious tales concerning one man's attempts to giving up smoking. It includes tales of these attempts, and his general meditations and observations on smoking. They teach through humor, satire and parody, shunning the moralizing…  See more details below

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J.M. Barrie is the Scottish writer who captured children's hearts worldwide with the memorable Peter Pan. This book, is a collection of hilarious tales concerning one man's attempts to giving up smoking. It includes tales of these attempts, and his general meditations and observations on smoking. They teach through humor, satire and parody, shunning the moralizing anti-smoking polemic of our day, which is not nearly as effective as humor. "I am much better without tobacco, and already have difficulty in sympathizing with the man I used to be," Barrie says on the opening pages. The tale of his struggle follows.

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ISBN-13:
9781909959194
Publisher:
Dead Dodo Vintage
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
828,168
File size:
1 MB

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CHAPTER II MY FIRST CIGAR It was not in my chambers, but three hundred miles further north that I learned to smoke. I think I may say with confidence that a first cigar was never smoked in such circumstances before. At that time I was a schoolboy, living with my brother who was a man. People mistook our relations, and thought I was his son. They would ask me how my father was, and when he heard of this he scowled at me. Even to this day I look so young that people who remember me as a boy, now think I must be that boy's younger brother. I shall tell presently of a strange mistake of this kind, but at present I am thinking of the evening when my brother's eldest daughter was born perhaps the most trying evening he and I ever passed together. So far as I knew the affair was very sudden, and I felt sorry for my brother as well as for myself. We sat together in the study, he on an armchair drawn near the fire and I on the couch. I cannot say now at what time I began to have an inklingthat there was something wrong. It came upon me gradually and made me very uncomfortable, though of course I did not show this. I heard people going up and down stairs, but I was not at that time naturally suspicious. Comparatively early in the evening I felt that my brother had something on his mind. As a rule, when we were left together, he yawned or drummed with his fingers on the arm of his chair to show that he did not feel uncomfortable, or I made a pretence of being at ease by playing with the dog or saying that the room was close. Then one of us would rise, remark that he had left his book in the dining-room, and go away to look for it, taking care not to come back till the other had gone. In thiscrafty way we helped each other. On that occasion, however, he did not adopt any of the...

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