The verger [Somerset Maugham's short story]^

a poem by rm shanmugam chettiar, India

‘Have you built this vast business empire
Without being able to read and write?
Who would you be now if you were able to?”
The bank manager asked his client, Foreman.

Foreman replied, ‘I would be a verger.’
He came to the tobacco business
Because he was oozed out by the Vicar
As he was found out to be an illiterate. .

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