If Only They Could Talk

By James Herriot

Whilst newly certified vet James Herriot arrives within the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, he has no notion what to anticipate. How will he get on together with his new boss? Herriot's books shape the root of the preferred BBC television sequence All Creatures nice and Small.

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I gave the puppy a playful slap at the rump which despatched him right into a delivery of pleasure. He leaped all over the place me, clawing and kicking. i used to be combating him off while I heard a gloomy groan from the mattress. within the dim mild Tristan appeared ghastly. He used to be mendacity on his again, either palms clutching the cover and there has been a wild glance in his eyes. 'Not a wink of sleep, Jim,' he whispered. 'Not a bloody wink. he is bought an excellent feel of humour, my brother, making me spend the evening with this animal. it will relatively make his day whilst he hears what i have been via. simply watch him - i will wager you whatever you're keen on he will glance happy. ' Later, over breakfast, Siegfried heard the main points of his brother's harrowing evening and was once very sympathetic. He condoled with him at size and apologised for all of the difficulty the puppy had given him. yet Tristan was once correct. He did glance happy. bankruptcy Twenty-two. As I got here into the working room I observed that Siegfried had a sufferer at the desk. He used to be thoughtfully stroking the pinnacle of an aged and relatively woebegone border terrier. 'James,' he stated, 'I wish you to take this little puppy via to Grier. ' 'Grier? ' 'Vet at Brawton. He was once treating the case earlier than the landlord moved into our district. i have obvious it once or twice - stones within the bladder. It wishes an instantaneous operation and that i imagine i might larger enable Grier do it. he is a sensitive satan and that i don't need to face on his ft. ' 'Oh, i believe i have heard of him,' I acknowledged. 'Probably you've gotten. A cantankerous Aberdonian. seeing that he practises in a trendy city he will get a number of scholars and he offers them hell. that kind of factor will get round. ' He lifted the terrier from the desk and passed him to me. 'The faster you get via there the higher. you will find the op and produce the puppy again right here afterwards. yet watch your self - do not rub Grier the other way or he will take it out of you by some means. ' At my first sight of Angus Grier i presumed instantly of whisky. He was once approximately fifty and whatever needed to be accountable for the fleshy, mottled cheeks, the swimmy eyes and the development of red veins which chased one another over his well-known nostril. He wore a completely insulted expression. He did not waste any appeal on me; a nod and a grunt and he grabbed the puppy from my fingers. Then he stabbed a finger at a mild, fairish adolescence in a white coat. 'That's Clinton - ultimate 12 months scholar. Do ye no' imagine there is a few pansy lookin' buggers coming in to this occupation? ' in the course of the operation he niggled regularly on the younger guy and, in an try to create a diversion, I requested while he used to be going again to school. 'Beginning of subsequent week,' he answered. 'Aye, yet he is awe hame tomorrow,' Grier rasped. 'Wasting his time whilst he can be gettin' strong adventure the following. ' the coed blushed. 'Well, i have been seeing perform for over a month and that i felt I should spend a number of days with my mom prior to the time period begins. ' 'Oh, I ken, I ken. you are all of the similar - canna avoid the titty. ' The operation used to be uneventful and as Grier inserted the final sew he seemed up at me.

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