Last Leaf by Henry

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Старик Энтони Рокволл, удалившийся от дел фабрикант и владелец патента на мыло "Эврика", выглянул из окна библиотеки в своем особняке на Пятой авеню и ухмыльнулся. Его сосед справа, аристократ и клубмен Дж. ван Шуйлайт Саффолк-Джонс, садился в ожидавшую его машину, презрительно воротя нос от мыльного палаццо, фасад которого украшала скульптура в стиле итальянского Возрождения.

- Ведь просто старое чучело банкрота, а сколько спеси! - заметил бывший мыльный король. - Берег бы лучше свое здоровье, замороженный Нессельроде, а не то скоро попадет в Эдемский музей. Вот на будущее лето размалюю весь фасад красными, белыми и синими полосами - погляжу тогда, как он сморщит свой голландский нос.

И тут Энтони Рокволл, всю жизнь не одобрявший звонков, подошел к дверям библиотеки и заорал: "Майк!" тем самым голосом, от которого когда-то чуть не лопалось небо над канзасскими прериями.

- Скажите моему сыну, чтоб он зашел ко мне перед уходом из дому, - приказал он явившемуся на зов слуге.

Когда молодой Рокволл вошел в библиотеку, старик отложил газету и, взглянув на него с выражением добродушной суровости на полном и румяном без морщин лице, одной рукой взъерошил свою седую гриву, а другой загремел ключами в кармане.

- Ричард, почем ты платишь за мыло, которым моешься? - спросил Энтони Рокволл.

Ричард, всего полгода назад вернувшийся домой из колледжа, слегка удивился. Он еще не вполне постиг своего папашу, который в любую минуту мог выкинуть что-нибудь неожиданное, словно девица на своем первом балу.

- Кажется, шесть долларов за дюжину, папа.
- А за костюм?
- Обыкновенно долларов шестьдесят.
- Ты джентльмен, - решительно изрек Энтони. - Мне говорили, будто бы молодые аристократы швыряют по двадцать четыре доллара за мыло и больше чем по сотне за костюм. У тебя денег не меньше, чем у любого из них, а ты все-таки держишься того, что умеренно и…...

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