The journal of Edwin Carp, the gift of his intended- a widowed Mrs. Maude Phelps-, records the modest events and occasional domestic disasters of his 42nd year which is to witness some suspicious changes in his life. Edwin, a gentle gaffer who approaches life with a gingerly restraint, lives with his mother whose failing health- and mind- does not diminish his devotion to her which has- for nine years- retarded his marriage to Maude. The annals here transcribe his difficulties as a landlord,- with a leaking pipe, with a somnabulistic paying guest, and with a Mrs. Luby whose profession is doubtful- to all save Edwin. The attentions of a Miss Throbbitt are annoying to Maude- and her musicale at which Maude recites Wedding Feast ends disastrously when he muffs his accompaniment on the Fiddle. His mother's increasing forgetfulness, as she mislays her dentures, her hearing aid, and finally her memory, brings the suggestion, that he places her in the care of an alienist at the Journey's End Rest Home, which he refuses- until he is finally released by her death- for the happier life ahead with Maude.... A decorous diversion which through the absurdities of a Victorian gentility and a homiletic flow of phrase manages quite some humor, of a special nature.