Forsyte’s Retreat

Forsyte’s Retreat

Written by:
Winston Marks
Narrated by:
Scott Miller
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2022
0 hours 37 minutes
Forsyte’s Retreat by Winston Marks - Sextus Rollo Forsyte had his trouble with the bottle, but nothing out of a bottle ever produced such a hotel as the Mahoney-Plaza: only 260 rooms ... only two guests to a room ... but accommodating 5200 guests—all at the same time!... Floor please?

At last he was second in line. He squared his shoulders and pulled at the lower edges of his black double-breasted suitcoat to erase the travel wrinkles. The applicant ahead of him exploded the words, 'Nuts! I'll leave town first. I just came from the Phony-Plaza. You can take that squirrel-cage and—'

'Next!' the employment agent called sadly. Sextus Rollo Forsyte moved up and sat in the oak chair before the oak desk and faced the oak-featured man with the jobs.

'Forsyte is the name,' Sextus reminded. The man riffled through the application cards.

'Yes. Indeed. Lucky you came back. I have a fine position for you, Mr. Forsyte. Right in your line.' He held out a blue slip. 'The general manager's position is open at the Mahoney-Plaza. Six hundred a month, board and room. Now if you will....'

Sextus staggered from the employment office stunned.

He could handle the job, all right. As he'd said on the application form, in his forty years he had managed half a dozen large hotels. But they were handing him this plum without comment on his failure to fill in the spaces marked: COMPLETE REFERENCES (names and addresses).

He shrugged. They did a lot of things different in California. The most he had hoped for was a waiter's job or maybe a short order cook in a fry joint. But if they wanted to ignore the hotel associations' black list, he wouldn't argue.

Sextus Forsyte craved anonymity with the passion that most men seek fame and glory. Beneath his suave, mature exterior beat the shrinking heart of a perennial hermit whose delight was an adventure book and a bottle of whiskey.
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