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An excerpt:For more than forty years Bagsbury and Company was old John Bagsbury himself- merely another expression of his stiff, cautious personality. Like him it had been old from infancy- you could as easily imagine that he had once been somethingMoreAn excerpt:For more than forty years Bagsbury and Company was old John Bagsbury himself- merely another expression of his stiff, cautious personality. Like him it had been old from infancy- you could as easily imagine that he had once been something of a dandy, had worn a stiff collar and a well-brushed hat, as that its dusty black-walnut furniture had ever smelled of varnish. And, conversely, though he had a family, a religion to whose requirements he was punctiliously attentive, and a really fine library, the bank represented about all there was of old John Bagsbury.Beside a son, John, he had a daughter, born several years earlier, whom they christened Martha. She grew into a capricious, pretty girl, whom her father did not try to understand, particularly as he thought she never could be of the smallest importance to Bagsbury and Company. When, before she was twenty, in utter disregard of her fathers forcibly expressed objection, she married Victor Haselridge, she dropped forever out of the old mans life.The boy, John, was too young to understand when this happened, and as his mother died soon after, he grew almost to forget that he had ever had a sister. He was very different: serious and, on the surface at least, placid. He had the old mans lumpy head and his thin-lidded eyes, though his mouth was, like his mothers, generous. His father had high hopes that he might, in course of years, grow to be worthy of Bagsbury and Companys Savings Bank. That was the boys hope, too- when he was fifteen he asked to be taken from school and put to work, and his father, with ill-concealed delight, consented. Through the next five years the old mans hopes ran higher than ever, for John showed that he knew how to work, and slowly--the tenure of office was long at Bagsburys--he climbed the first few rounds of the ladder.