April 17.—Thought I would write a kind little note to Gowing
and Cummings about last Sunday, and warning them against Mr. Stillbrook.
Afterwards, thinking the matter over, tore up the letters and determined
not to write at all, but to speak quietly to them.
Dumfounded at receiving a sharp letter from Cummings, saying that both
he and Gowing had been waiting for an explanation of my (mind
you, MY) extraordinary conduct coming home on Sunday. At last
I wrote: “I thought I was the aggrieved party; but as I freely
forgive you, you—feeling yourself aggrieved—should bestow
forgiveness on me.” I have copied this verbatim in
the diary, because I think it is one of the most perfect and thoughtful
sentences I have ever written. I posted the letter, but in my
own heart I felt I was actually apologising for having been insulted.
The Diary of a Nobody
is the fictitious diary of Charles Pooter, written by George
Grossmith and originally serialised in Punch magazine in 1888 and 1889.
The text of this version is taken from
the Gutenberg etext
, and the weblog
format was engineered by Kevan Davis
(initially a straight
weblog in 2004, then rewritten as an auto RSS generator in April 2007).