I MUST have that, `as a went' -- and I'll have to wait until I get into my boardinghouse bed tonight, wherever it may be, before I can have it.
"I'll take you right up to our boardinghouse. I've a cab ready outside."
"You mean we'll be in some horrible boardinghouse, in a still more horrible hall bedroom, looking out on a dingy back yard."
He would take them to poni Aniele, who kept a boardinghouse the other side of the yards; old Mrs.
Poni Aniele had a four-room flat in one of that wilderness of two-story frame tenements that lie "back of the yards." There were four such flats in each building, and each of the four was a "boardinghouse" for the occupancy of foreigners--Lithuanians, Poles, Slovaks, or Bohemians.
"Ruby was in hysterics when I reached their boardinghouse
; she had just discovered a fearful mistake she had made in her English paper.
There is this difference between a furnished room and a boardinghouse
. In a furnished room, other people do not know it when you go hungry.
It touched on chances of gigantic wealth flung before eyes that could not see, or missed by the merest accident of time and travel; and through the mad shift of things, sometimes on horseback, more often afoot, now rich, now poor, in and out, and back and forth, deck-hand, train-hand, contractor, boardinghouse
keeper, journalist, engineer, drummer, real-estate agent, politician, dead-beat, rumseller, mine-owner, speculator, cattle-man, or tramp, moved Harvey Cheyne, alert and quiet, seeking his own ends, and, so he said, the glory and advancement of his country.
Long, rushing paragraphs flow along with the narrator's exasperation as he ventures from his boardinghouse
in search of work and payment for translations already completed.
Essie spends most of her days working as a maid at a boardinghouse
, until a wealthy black woman known as Dorcas Vashon shows up and makes her the offer of a lifetime: She will provide Essie with a classical education and a fine wardrobe, and then she will spirit her away to Washington, D.C., where Essie will meet and mingle with the upper echelons of black society.
Bina runs off to New York City and Catherine House--the very same boardinghouse
for young women her mother stayed at eighteen years ago when she fled Binas father and tried (but failed) to become a famous actress.
The second part of the novel flashes back to the period before the author's arrival at the manor cottage, including his travel from Trinidad to England on a university scholarship, his stay in a London boardinghouse
, his fruitless attempts to adapt the British novel of manners to his needs, and his flirtation with Angela, the Italian boardinghouse
manager (corresponding in real life to the Maltese manager of the Earl's Court boardinghouse
where Naipaul stayed before going up to Oxford).