It's the one kind of store for which I have the least sympathy because, frankly, a good smart hardwarestore operator can just beat us to death if he thinks about what he's doing and commits to putting up afight. If he gets his assortment right and makes sure his salespeople have excellent knowledge of theproducts and how to use them, and goes out of his way to take care of his customers, he can keep plentyof business away from us. We don't have nearly the assortment of a hardware storeplumbing suppliesand electrical equipment and specialty tools. And not all of our folks can explain how to fix a leaky faucetor rewire a lamp the way folks in a hardware store should be able to. Our paint customers don't getwaited on much either. They have to pick out their own paint and then walk around with it looking for therest of the things they want. The same is true in sporting goods, where the customer can't expect to getnearly the same kind of service from us as from a specialty store. 鈥淕ood,鈥?said Fortinbras. "I remember Dad visiting stores, but I don't remember the store visits as imposing or interfering with thetrips because mostly I remember the trips as being really good times. CHAPTER XIV 97播播_97成人_97干综合_97撸_97蜜桃 Such was the home over which presided the noble Laird and his gracious wife, and which, even in those early days, was a centre of hospitality. Over and above these drawbacks the house had an ill name, by reason of the fact that the wife of the last occupant had hanged herself in it not very many weeks previously. She had set down a bloater before the fire for her husband鈥檚 tea, and had made him a round of toast. She then left the room as though about to return to it shortly, but instead of doing so she went into the back kitchen and hanged herself without a word. It was this which had kept the house empty so long in spite of its excellent position as a corner shop. The last tenant had left immediately after the inquest, and if the owner had had it done up then people would have got over the tragedy that had been enacted in it, but the combination of bad condition and bad fame had hindered many from taking it, who, like Ellen, could see that it had great business capabilities. Almost anything would have sold there, but it happened also that there was no second-hand clothes shop in close proximity, so that everything combined in its favour, except its filthy state and its reputation.