I only nipped out to go to the bank but to get there I have to pass the Oxfam bookshop.
For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.
But what am I even thinking of, going inside? (Especially when the bank will be closed in 10 minutes.)
Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.
Of course, you'll understand why it's important - even though I'm drastically cutting back and there's heaps of unread books all over the house - but I simply have to check in case there's a rare and wonderful bargain.
The trouble with resisting temptation is that it may not come your way again.
I'm in the door ...
I deal with temptation by yielding to it.
I see the dovegrey cover. Even though I already own a copy of Miss Pettigrew (and have given several others to friends) I pick it up, anyway. It is pristine. It still has its Persephone bookmark. And, wait for it ...
It is signed, in slightly shaky, old lady's handwriting by Winifred Watson herself.
There is a tussle with my conscience. It is only £1.69. But people whose bookshelves are double-parked do not need duplicates.
I put it back on the shelf. I hope that it will go to a good and loving home.
Of course, the Oxfam shop opens again at 9am tomorrow.
Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.