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The Return of Alfred

Herbert George Jenkins (1876-1923)

1. 01 – The Girl at the Window
2. 02 – A Question of Identity
3. 03 – What the Butler Told
4. 04 – The Vicar Decides to Act
5. 05 – Little Bilstead Receives a Shock
6. 06 – The Strangeness of Marjorie
7. 07 – Little Bilstead Sits in Judgment
8. 08 – Eric Stannard Promises Support
9. 09 – Miss Lipscombe Decides on Neutrality
10. 10 – Smith Acquires Reach-me-downs
11. 11 – Mr. Tassell is Surprised
12. 12 – Little Bilstead Goes to Church
13. 13 – Nero in Disgrace
14. 14 – Smith becomes a Popular Hero
15. 15 – A Village divided against Itself
16. 16 – P.C. Postle assumes his uniform
17. 17 – Mr Gadgett pays a call
18. 18 – Eric plays a part
19. 19 – Sir John Hildreth inserts an Advertisement
20. 20 – Little Bilstead aches with Drama
21. 21 – Marjorie hears the News
22. 22 – The Unmasking of Smith
23. 23 – Mr Gadgett tells the Truth
24. 24 – Eric pronounces it spif

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The hero of the book is at a loose end, weary and bored of his old life after returning from the Great War. After an argument with his uncle and a railway strike he finds himself lost in the county of Norfolk at ten o’clock one night. When he seeks shelter in a country home, the butler immediately recognizes him as “Mr. Alfred”, the missing son of the house. From that point onwards, our hero, who gives his name as “James Smith”, finds himself in for an exciting time.Not only does he inherit the friends of “Mr. Alfred”, but also the odium of his misdoings. Protestations are useless: the villagers are convinced he is the prodigal son. Of course, he could just leave the village – but then, had he not been hoping for something exciting to happen – and more importantly, what about Marjorie, the girl at the window?Originally published anonymously, this romantic comedy was just signed “by the author of “Patricia Brent, Spinster” (a book that was also published anonymously) with a dedication: “To those in many countries who have generously assumed responsibility for the authorship of Patricia Brent, Spinster – this book is dedicated by the author”.



I love the story. It's delightful. The reader captures it perfectly.


- The return of Alfred

Cute story, narration good, though the accent does grate on occasion.


- The return of Alfred

This is a very delightful novel. Very well read.