Text: Robert A. Stewart (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to The Business Man,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. IV: Tales - part 03 (1902), pp. 285-287


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[page 285, continued:]

THE BUSINESS MAN (PETER PENDULUM).

BURTON’S GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY, 1840; BROADWAY JOURNAL, II 4.

The text follows the Broadway Journal.

Griswold has few variations from the text.

This tale was considerably revised from the earlier form. “Peter Pendulum” was omitted from the title and the body of the tale, being substituted in most cases by ‘Peter Proffit.’ All the last part of the tale from par. 1, page 130 to the end is a later addition.

Variations of Graham’s from text.

Title. Peter Pendulum. The Business Man. No Motto.

Page 122 l. 1 I (My name is Pendulum — Peter Pendulum. I) l. 3 despise, (o. c.) l. 7 conceive (conceive it) l. 12, as “ (as “a) l. 14 are (are, nor should I have been so well to do in the world as I am) l. 22 bump (tremendous bump) page 123 l. I arose (got up) l. 17 you ever (ever you) l. 18 merchant (merchant,) l. 23 anything (any thing) l. 23 way — (way — if ever, in short, you see a conceited fellow running heels-over-head into the patent-blacking, or linen-draping, or dog-meat line,) l. 26 Now (Now my name is Peter Pendulum, and) l. 29 and, (o. c.) l. 30 clock, — (.) l. 32 feel (feel in) page 124 l. 3 everything (every thing) l. 7 termed (ridiculously termed) l. 8 doing (, doing) l. 10 that (that,) l. 13 my (my big) l. 16 up (up,) l. 16 But, (o. c.) l. 22 female [page 286:] (Irish female) l. 23 reach, (reach. I shall remember that fine old nurse in my will.) l. 26 gone (even gone) l. 26 , even then, (just then,) l. 27 my . . . talk (old Mrs. Pendulum talking) page 125 l. 1 and (and,) l. 3 Tailor’s (Tailors’) l. 5 , only (o. c.) l. 7 characterised (characterized) l. 9 man: (;) l. 13 , or (o. c.) l. 19 Messieurs (Messrs) l. 29 Proffit (Pendulum) l. 29 Advertiser (Advertisment) l. 33 class; (,) page 126 l. 2 sattinet (sattinett) l. 3 collar (collar,) l. 3-13 July and Aug. not repeated in Gentleman’s Magazine. l. 5 bob (bob —) l. 6 706 (206) l. 7 Standing (To standing) l. 8 new-style (new-touch) l. 13 6 (6 1/4) l. 14 $2.96 1/2 ($2.96 3/4) l. 25 principle (n. i.) l. 29 respect, (respect. My organ of order revolted. So, thanks to that kind old Irish lady, (whom I shall be sure to remember in my will,)) l. 30 Messieurs (Messrs.) page 127 l. 6 , no doubt, (o. c.) l. 17 or (y or) l. 20 it; (,) l. 21 or . . . sty, (o.) 1.31 night, (o. c.) l. 32 into (in) page 128 l. 3 ill- (illy) l. 12 , in (o. c.) l. 13 any line, (my line) l. 22 too (, too) l. 29 that, (o. c.) l. 30 down, (o. c.) page 129 l. 1 party (set) l. 1 glass, (o. c.) l. 2 , then, (o. c.) l. 4 Blew (Wiped) l. 14 , Gruff (o. c.) l. 19 twenty- (o. h.) l. 26 , at last, (o. c.) l. 27 all out of (out of all) l. 28-29 so that (o.) l. 30 Proffit (Pendulum) l. 31 adopt, (o. c.) l. 32-34 I . . . years, (I am now, therefore, in the Mud-Dabbling way, and have been so for some years.) page 130 l. 1 , is, (o. c.) l. 3-4 in consequence (, in consequence,) l. 5 walking (walking —) l. 5 sore — (o. d.) l. 15 took (take) l. 16 could (can) l. 17 got (have now got) l. 19 failed (fails) l. 19 got (gets) l. 21 , respect (o. c.) l. 21 respect, (o. c.) l. 21 were (are) l. 22 met (meet) l. 23 have put (put) l. 23 had (did) l. 24 suffered (suffer) l. 25-26 of . . . couldn’t (can’t of course,) l. 26 Their (Their infamous) l. 29 bodies (posteriors).

Gentleman’s Magazine ends with par. I. page 130 .

Variations of Griswold from text.

Page 122 l. 12 , or (o. c.) page 123 l. 31 fellow (fellow —) page 125 l. 7 characterised (characterized) [page 287:] l. 13 , or (o. c.) l. 19 Messieurs (Messrs) l. 22 quarreled (quarrelled) l. 24 gentlemen (gentleman) page 126 l. 8 cts. (cents) l. 8 leg, (o. c.) l. 11 home (o ) l. 29 , at once, (o. c.) l. 30 , and (o. c.) l. 30 Messieurs (Messrs) page 127 l. 3 ‘Change (‘Change’) l. 14 building- (o. h.) l. 34 connexion (connection) page 128 l. 10 well (well-) l. 1 fist, (o. c.) page 129 l. 1 opera (opera-) l. 19 twenty- (o. h.) l. 30 Proffit (Profit) page 130 l. 32 it (o.) page 131 l. 5 this: — (; —) l. 16 quarreled (quarrelled) l. 17 Grinding (s. l. ) l. 27 buck (buck-) page 133 l. 20 income; (: ) l. 4 last (o.) l. 19 the (a).

 


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Notes:

None.


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