Fiction ~ short story
Published in (probably) the Christmas Number of The Illustrated London News, 21st November (or 21st December) 1901
Approx. 3,700 words
(First read 26/12/1994)
'Hegel' ~ so nicknamed because he's a 'philosopher' ~ is one of a trio of Edwardian loafers who go on a golfing holiday to Ireland. One day he sets off walking along the cliffs to go and visit a young lady he's got his eye on. He gets caught in a storm and has a near-death experience. That's it, in a nutshell. Obviously one doesn't generally embark on a Benson short story anticipating that anything profound will happen, and sure enough the business of having a young hero with a philosophical bent turns out to be pretty much a red herring: nothing profound happens ~ or is said ~ and the story ends on the usual trivial note. Collected in Fine Feathers and Other Stories (1994), for those with the patience.