26 October 2007

from Grimble, chapter 1, Monday (Clement Freud)

One Monday Grimble came back from school, opened the door and shouted, 'I am home.' No one shouted anything in answer. So he went round the house looking for messages because his parents always left messages. It was the one thing they were really good at.

On a table in the sitting-room there was a globe. And stuck into the globe were two pins each with a triangle of paper on it. One of these was stuck into England and said GRIMBLE, and the other was stuck into Peru and said US. He went into the kitchen and here was another note: TEA IS IN THE FRIDGE, SANDWICHES IN THE OVEN. HAVE A GOOD TIME.

In the bedroom was a note saying YOU WILL DO YOUR HOMEWORK, WON'T YOU? P.S. DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS.

In the bathroom a message TEETH.

He. walked round the house thinking they've really been very good, and then he went to the back-door and saw a note MILKMAN. NO MILK FOR FIVE DAYS.

He changed the note to NOT MUCH milk for five days, and sat down in the kitchen and started to think about things.

3 comments:

macleodsfour said...

Grimble is one of the most underrated books ever. It's clever, witty, warm......and weird. Grimble is the most inventive cook ever...and if you cut a potato in eighths, WHY doesn't it take only two and a half minutes to cook????

You're not that genius from University Challenge, are you?

macleodsfour said...

So sad to hear of the death of the genius Clement Freud. His work is worth so much more than that of his brother, but I suspect that Lucien will be lionised. Pity.

emma said...

I adore Grimble! I have translated the two stories in Italian and now my daughter enjoys this nice witty boy.
Emma