Billy Weaver asked the porter where he could find a cheap hotel and the porter said try the Bell and Dragon. He was heading up to that hotel, when he saw a sign that said Bed and Breakfast. He looked inside the window of that hotel and saw a cozy fireplace and a dog and parrot. He then decided to go to the Bell and Dragon but the Bed and Breakfast sign drew him inside.
Inside the hotel with bed and breakfast, there was an old lady, the housekeeper. She told him she is particular with people she lets inside the hotel, and charges five and sixpence. She then gave Mr. Weaver a room on the second flight.
The old lady housekeeper asked Billy Weaver to go inside the waiting room and sign the book. The book only had two names, Gregory W. Temple, and Christopher Mulholland. Billy knew he had heard those names before, and remembered remembering them for the same thing.
Billy remembers Christopher Mulholland for being an Eaton schoolboy going through the W. Country and all of a sudden... The housekeeper said that wasn’t the same Christopher and that her Christopher was a Cambridge undergraduate, and drank a lot of tea.
The housekeeper also tells Billy that Mr. Mulholland and Mr. Temple are still in the hotel. They are on the third floor. Mr. Mulholland was 17 just like Billy and Mr. Temple was 28. The housekeeper also says there wasn’t a blemish on Mr. Temples body, and Billy gets uncomfortable and changes the subject. He saw the parrot and talked about how real it looked.
The housekeeper tells Billy Weaver that she’s a taxidermist, and she stuffed her own parrot and dog, Basil. She says it’s not hard and asks Billy if he signed the book. She said almost every day she checks the book to not forget Mr. Mulholland and Mr. Temples name. Billy asks her if there had been any other guests in the last 2 or 3 years and she says.”No,my dear.” “Only you.”