is a beautiful story, written by American author Colin Howard.
Colin Howard is well known for his humor, fun and frolic. “Post
haste” is an example of all of his writing. In this story, the writer has
presented an interesting character Mr. Simpson who amuses with his absent-minded
behavior. The writer has made the
story a source of entertainment by describing ridiculous behavior and funny
dialogues of Mr. Simpson in a delightful manner.
writer says that he happened to meet Mr. Simpson near post office one night. He
was a new comer in the locality and the writer and his wife had only met once or
twice with Simpson and his wife. While leaving home, he didn’t notice whether
the envelope was stamped or not. As he reached the pillar-box for posting, he
came to know that the letter was not stamped. He had no money to get the stamps.
This situation made him worried, as he had to post letter urgently. So he
requested the writer to lend him three half pence to get stamps out of automatic
stamp machine. The writer explored his pockets but he could not find any coin to
entertain him. However, out of sympathy and courtesy, the writer asked Mr.
Simpson to accompany him to his house situated at a little bit distance for
having three half pence.
reaching home, the writer handed over coins to Mr. Simpson. He thanked him and
left for post office. He had hardly taken a few steps when he returned because
he had lost the way to post office. The writer explained the exact location of
post office but he could not understand. So the writer himself led him to the
post office to overcome the inconvenience faced by Mr. Simpson. On reaching
there, Mr. Simpson dropped the coins in the machine one by one but no stamp came
out from it. The stamps were out of stock in the machine. This situation made
Mr. Simpson more frustrated. Moreover, due to confusion and nervousness, the
envelope dropped from his hand and when he picked up, it was having great mud
blot on it.
it occurred to the writer that he had stamp book at home. He took Mr. Simpson
and rushed towards him home, as they wanted to post the letter before the last
clearance of the mail. The situation became extremely desperate for Mr. Simpson
when they found the stamp-book empty. Mr. Simpson thought, perhaps, the writer
is joking with him but the writer assured him that the book was nearly full of
stamps. Then the writer suggested him to post the letter unstamped. At first,
Mr. Simpson did not agree but, the, he had to post the letter unstamped as there
was no way left with him.
posting the letter, the writer led the way to Mr. Simpson home so that he might
not lose the way. On reaching his Place, Mr. Simpson extended his thanks to the
writer for his co-operation in posting the letter. At that moment, Mr. Simpson
was looking confused but he did not tell the writer that the letter was simply
an invitation to dinner. The writer was also very amazed at the puzzled behavior
of Mr. Simpson but he could not understand anything. The next morning, the
writer had to pay three pence to the postman for a blue envelope with a large
mud blot on it. He, then, came to understand the mysterious behavior shown by
Mr. Simpson at the time of parting at night. The letter was, in fact, addressed
to the writer.
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