Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

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Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow  (1886) 
by Jerome K. Jerome
collection of humorous essays by Jerome K. Jerome.

A book of essays on the same topics from a woman's perspective, Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl, was published in 1891 by the pseudonymous "Jenny Wren". Jerome published a second "Idle Thoughts" book, The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow, in 1898.

IDLE THOUGHTS

OF

AN IDLE FELLOW.

JEROME K. JEROME.

TO

THE VERY DEAR AND WELL-BELOVED

FRIEND

OF MY PROSPEROUS AND EVIL DAYS—­

TO THE FRIEND

WHO, THOUGH IN THE EARLY STAGES OF OUR ACQUAINT-
ANCESHIP DID OFTTIMES DISAGREE WITH
ME, HAS SINCE BECOME TO BE MY
VERY WARMEST COMRADE—­

TO THE FRIEND

WHO, HOWEVER OFTEN I MAY PUT HIM OUT, NEVER
(NOW) UPSETS ME IN REVENGE—­

TO THE FRIEND

WHO, TREATED WITH MARKED COOLNESS BY ALL THE
FEMALE MEMBERS OF MY HOUSEHOLD, AND RE-
GARDED WITH SUSPICION BY MY VERY DOG,
NEVERTHELESS SEEMS DAY BY DAY TO BE
MORE DRAWN BY ME, AND IN RETURN
TO MORE AND MORE IMPREGNATE ME
WITH THE ODOR OF HIS FRIENDSHIP—­

TO THE FRIEND

WHO NEVER TELLS ME OF MY FAULTS, NEVER WANTS TO
BORROW MONEY, AND NEVER TALKS ABOUT HIMSELF—­
TO THE COMPANION OF MY IDLE HOURS,
THE SOOTHER OF MY SORROWS,
THE CONFIDANT OF MY JOYS AND HOPES—­
MY OLDEST AND STRONGEST

PIPE,

THIS LITTLE VOLUME
IS
GRATEFULLY AND AFFECTIONATELY
DEDICATED.

PREFACE


One or two friends to whom I showed these papers in MS. having observed that they were not half bad, and some of my relations having promised to buy the book if it ever came out, I feel I have no right to longer delay its issue. But for this, as one may say, public demand, I perhaps should not have ventured to offer these mere “idle thoughts” of mine as mental food for the English-speaking peoples of the earth. What readers ask now-a-days in a book is that it should improve, instruct, and elevate. This book wouldn’t elevate a cow. I cannot conscientiously recommend it for any useful purposes whatever. All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading “the best hundred books,” you may take this up for half an hour. It will be a change.

CONTENTS.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.


The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.