As­sem­bling fur­ni­ture

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

Mary and Danny had just bought a flat. Pre­vi­ously, they had been in fur­nished rented ac­com­mo­da­tion and so they needed fur­ni­ture for the flat. Danny was sug­gest­ing that they should buy the items of fur­ni­ture in flat packs and put them to­gether them­selves.

They could not af­ford, he said, to lay out more money than they needed to. Then Mary pointed out that if things went wrong they would have to add in the cost of em­ploy­ing some­one to put things right. Danny laughed this off.

He would not need any­one, he said, to bail him out be­cause he had stud­ied car­pen­try at school and he just needed to mug up on the ba­sics. Danny was par­tic­u­larly pleased that he had been able to beat down the price of var­i­ous items of fur­ni­ture be­cause their pack­ag­ing was dam­aged. The fur­ni­ture was even more of a bar­gain than he had ex­pected. The prob­lems be­gan when he took off the pack­ag­ing. He couldn’t de­cide what to do with all the pieces al­though he didn’t like to ad­mit this to Mary.

Care­fully he read through all the in­struc­tions and ar­ranged all the pieces. When he started to as­sem­ble a wardrobe, how­ever, the fin­ished ar­ti­cle looked all wrong. There were sev­eral screws left over. Nev­er­the­less, he be­gan on a bed­side cab­i­net, but this looked even worse. Even­tu­ally he re­alised that he had mud­dled up the in­struc­tions, and thought that they should con­tact a pro­fes­sional car­pen­ter. Mary read­ily agreed.

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