I'm goin' to Epsom, for the races. It's Derby Day today.
What's the hurry?
No hurry, officer.
Roald Dahl bought his new car and he was excited in driving it. While he was driving it along the highway, he saw a hitchhiker by the roadside and decided to offer him a ride.
you give me your address,full name and your job.
also something to prove that this is your real name and address.
Why did he lied to the officer about his job?
Name: Michael Fish Address: Fourteen, Winder Lane, Luton Job: Hod carrier
The hitchhiker was pleasant looking, well built with short hair. Roald tried to know more about the hitchhiker by asking him more questions. Roald learnt that his name is Michael and he was heading towards Eposm to watch the horses' race.
Why did you lie to him?
Who me? What makes you think i lied?
Let me show you something interesting.
Michael then challenged Roald to see how fast the car can go because Roald had told Sam that his car could go until "One hundred and twenty-nine miles an hour". However, they heard the police siren and they were soon stopped by the traffic police.
So you're a pickpocket?
What do you call yourself, then?
Me? I'm fingersmith. I'm a professional fingersmith.
I don't like that word. Pickpockets is coarse and vulgar people who only do easy little amateur jobs, they lift money from blind old ladies.
Roald and Michael endured a tongue lashing by the police officer and he took down their full name, address as well as their job. Roald was further issued a ticket for speeding, as he was the driver. When the officer asked the hitchhiker for his name, address and job, Roald Dahl thought: why would he lie to the officer?
Michael didn't tell Roald the fact why he lied to the police officer directly. Instead he secretly took some of Roald's valuables and gave him some clues to find out what was missing.
Michael later revealed his true identity as a pickpocket and how his fantastic fingers that can easily "steal" things which makes Roald both nervous, excited and relieved all at once.