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Dobie, Charles Caldwell: Broken to the plow. v1. 1 Sep 2015

Charles Caldwell Dobie: American novelist and historian Charles Caldwell Dobie was born in San Francisco, CA, in 1881. He had to drop out of grammar school at age 14 because of his father's death. He took a job as an office boy in an insurance company, and stayed with that company until 1915, when he began to make enough money from his writing to devote his full time to it.

The majority of his work is about or set in his home town of San Francisco, where he spent his entire life (he never married). Both his fiction and non-fiction about his beloved city has been praised as "smooth" and "deftly written" by such literary figures as Carey McWilliams.

Dobie died in San Francisco on January 11, 1943

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TOWARD four o’clock in the afternoon Fred Starratt remembered that he had been commissioned by his wife to bring home oyster cocktails for dinner. Of course, it went without saying that he was expected to attend to the cigars. That meant he must touch old Wetherbee for money. Five dollars would do the trick, but, while he was about it, he decided that he might as well ask for twenty-five. There were bound to be other demands before the first of the month, and the hard-fisted cashier of Ford, Wetherbee & Co. seemed to grow more and more crusty over drafts against the salary account. If one caught him in a good humor it was all right. Usually a risquë story was the safest road to geniality. Starratt raked his brains for a new one, to no purpose. Every moment of delay added greater certainty to the conviction that he was in for a disagreeable encounter. At four o’clock Wetherbee always began to balance his cash for the day and he was particularly vicious at any interruptions during this precise performance.
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