Let­ter of the week Free of spirit, not of debt

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IWAS amused to read the let­ter from Ed­wina Pugs­ley in Som­er­set (April 12). I re­call an in­ci­dent some 40 years ago, when I had cause to sum­mon an Ex­moor farmer to my of­fices at Bar­clays Bank in Ex­eter be­cause his over­draft was ris­ing an­nu­ally to a fig­ure out of pro­por­tion to his as­sets. In he came with a beam­ing smile on his face, wear­ing muddy boots—but with­out the fer­tiliser bags tied round his trousers. I put it to him that we were both work­ing for the bank, but the bank paid me a salary, whereas he was work­ing all day long to pay in­ter­est. ‘Ah, that may be so Mis­ter,’ he replied, ‘but there is another dif­fer­ence be­tween us—you’re cooped up here all day long like a bat­tery hen, whereas I can have a day’s hunt­ing with the staghounds when­ever I like.’ I’m glad that this spirit has de­scended to the next gen­er­a­tion, but I bet the over­draft hasn’t yet de­creased. Michael Knutsford, Hert­ford­shire

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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