George was a bank clerk (who 'goes to sleep
at a bank from ten to four each day, except
Saturdays, when they wake him up and put
him outside at two ') and was living in a back
room of the same house. The landlady
suggested that, to save money, the two might
share a room. They 'chummed ' together for
some years - both shared a love of the theatre
-and a life-long friendship was formed. George,
who remained a bachelor, rose to become
manager of Barclays Bank in the Strand and