Melpomenus Jones was at a friends house on his vacation. He was very kind to all and was to religious to hurt a soul . When he got up to say goodbye he was stopped.it was always hard for him to get up and say goodbye.
Oh, no! Mr. Jones, can’t you really stay a little longer?
Then please don’t go.
Oh well, maybe I could...
You must go? I thought perhaps you could have stayed to dinner. My husband will be delighted.....
Well now, I think I really...
He drank 11 cups of tea and decided that now he shall go.
Papa came home. They had dinner. All through the meal Jones sat planning to leave at eight-thirty. All the family wondered whether Mr. Jones was stupid and sulky, or only stupid.
I haven't got anything to do..I guess I'll stay...
Why it’s only half-past eight! Have you got anything to do? Stay if you haven't got anything
After dinner, Jones decided to leave at 8:30. Mamma took out the photographs showing pictures of Papa's uncles, Mammas brother and little boy and awfully interesting photo of papas uncles friend in a Bengal Uniform. By 8:30 Jones had seen 71 photos and there were still 69 more to see. Jones got up.
I must say goodnight now...
Papa invited Jones for pipe and a chat. They chatted for a while, and Jones kept thinking of a way to leave but just couldn't . Papa soon got tired of Jones and insisted that he better stay the night.
Jones ended up staying the night.After breakfast papa left for work, and when he came back he found Jones watching the kids. He was surprised to still see him there. jones kept planning to leave but just couldn't get up.
Well–the angels are calling me; I’m afraid I really must go now. Good afternoon.
A month passed and Jones spent his time at papas looking at pictures and drinking tea. H got a very bad fever, a terrible illness. He passed away one evening with a happy smile on his face.