“And, to crown all,” Ethel raged to Archie, “you’ve got to bring that object home in the car with us.”
“What object?” said William, mystified.
“You,” said Ethel tersely.
- Number: 31.1
- Published: 1958 (not to be confused with the 1935 unpublished story, 18.0, of the same name
- Book: William’s Television Show
- Synopsis: Archie gets a job (to an extent).
Goaded by Ethel that he “couldn’t hold a proper job for a week”, Archie vows to prove her wrong and obtain gainful employment.
Sure enough, before the week is out, the village gets used to the sight of Archie putting on a suit and catching the 8:15 train to work every morning.
One day, while he’s out, William and Ginger espy a shadowy figure making its way around his cottage; upon establishing that Archie owns nothing valuable enough to steal, William concludes:
“He was out after…” – William looked slightly self-conscious as he repeated the phrase he had come across in one of Robert’s books – “He was out after bigger game.”
“What bigger game?”
“P’litical,” said William. “International secrets an’ such like.”
“We’d better go in armed, ’cause they’ll prob’ly be desperate. I’ll take my water-pistol.”
But imagine their surprise when they discover that the intruder looks exactly the same as Archie! It must be his twin brother…