Published 21st November 1894
Approx. 1,800 words
(First read 27/12/1994)
My original 1994 review of this one was a tad dismissive:
A fishing story. Picture this: I'm sitting in my London club on a dreary afternoon in November at the tail end of the 19th century. All inside is snug as a bug; I've just had a splendid lunch. I pick up The Sketch and find in it a new story by 'that Benson cove'. "Jolly good," I think to myself; "he's always good to pass an idle moment." I embark on George's Secret ... and after no more than two minutes I'm sound asleep.I re-read it last June (2013) and actually found it quite funny. It's the simple tale of a chap who, having never fished before, goes at it like a bull angling for Dresden figurines, and ~ much to the displeasure of his pals ~ has stupendous beginner's luck. When he introduces 'Art' to his technique, the streak fails. Available in Fine Feathers and Other Stories (1994).