Stealing Shakespeare – Half Two
The subsequent day, Ben walked from his neighborhood a number of blocks to attend for the bus. He did not neglect the uncommon Folio and had positioned it rigorously, sandwiched between his different books earlier than he left dwelling. When he arrived in school, he took the Folio out and cautiously set it in his locker.
Because the hours of the day marched ahead, Ben appeared ahead to Mr. Leaf’s literature class to point out him his uncommon version. Proper earlier than he walked to his class, Ben unlocked the secure of his locker and pulled out the e-book, laying it in his satchel. He acquired to class early for a change. Then he slowly took out the Folio. No sooner had Ben put it down on his desk, Leaf noticed it instantly and his eyes grew enormous as he rigorously turned the pages. He started licking his lips as foam began to kind round his mouth. He stared wild-eyed at Ben.
Then he requested, “The place did you get this e-book?” “I acquired it out from my dad’s workplace on the Yale library.” “Could I?”
Ben hesitated however agreed.
Mr. Leaf picked it up and examined it rigorously, turning its historic pages. “The place precisely does your father work on the library at Yale?” “On the Uncommon Manuscripts division.” A woman with brief hair requested, “What’s it, Mr. Leaf?”
“Class, Ben introduced this extraordinarily outdated e-book with all of Shakespeare’s performs. It is dated 1623, seven years after his loss of life. It is one of many first of his works to ever be printed. Ben acquired this from his father’s workplace on the Yale College Library.”
Some gasps might be heard from the category. A big boy who was a part of the soccer staff requested, “Is it price rather a lot?”
Mr. Leaf slowly grinned. “It isn’t price a complete lot. Loads of these have been printed.” No, this copy is price thousands and thousands! Leaf thought to himself. “Ben, might I maintain on to this only for at this time? I promise I am going to convey it again tomorrow.” However, Leaf had no intentions of returning it to him; he had already determined to steal it and go away New Haven.
Ben left the college after his final interval and took the bus to the Yale Library.
No ahead of he had walked into his father’s workplace, he noticed his dad with two guards.
Joe stormed out the workplace door and yelled, “Ben, the place is it???!!!!… the Folio!” Ben grew to become so scared and muttered, “I… I… took it to high school.” “You higher have it with you!” His head sunk, trying on the floor. “No, sir.” “What did you do with it?” Joe yelled. “I let Mr. Leaf borrow it.” “George Leaf… Your literature teacher???”
The safety staff entered Leaf’s title of their computer systems, trying him up. One of many guards, a younger man positioned him because the Ben’s trainer at the highschool. As well as, he appeared underneath police information that confirmed “George Leaf” was not his actual title; it was “Richard V. Winchester”. Additional, evaluation revealed he was underneath investigation for stealing uncommon artwork and even books. The guard referred to as the police and advised them in regards to the theft. He instructed them to go to his workplace on the faculty.
On the identical time, Leaf was ending some paper work in his classroom. The police have been a number of blocks away when three members of the soccer staff entered the room. Leaf knew they have been right here for the e-book, however pretended like he did not see them. He could not imagine phrase had unfold that quick. “The place’s that fairly e-book?” one in all them requested in a tough tone. “We wish that costly e-book!” mentioned one other participant. Leaf cursed underneath his breath that he should not have advised his class in regards to the Folio.
Rattling! Now everyone is aware of about it! he thought.
“I do not know what you are speaking about,” he mentioned nervously. “Oh, you do not! Give it to us and we’ll be gone,” the teenage goon mentioned as he flipped out a switchblade knife.
On the identical time, policemen quietly entered the college with their weapons raised. They unfold out searching for Leaf. Two officers walked down a hall and heard a couple of massive college students threatening Leaf. “Give the e-book to us and we cannot damage you!” With the gamers backs turned, the officers hunched over with their weapons and pointed them straight on the soccer gamers. “Freeze! Put your arms of their air!!”
Earlier than the hour handed, Richard Winchester had already been arrested; his fingers have been cuffed behind his again and had been given his rights. Then Ben and his father walked in. Joe noticed the uncommon Folio resting on the trainer’s desk and punctiliously examined it, ensuring no hurt had been executed to it. It seemed to be in the identical situation and Joe instantly put in a particular briefcase that secured and preserved beneficial books.
“Ben, do not contact something in my library once more! I do not wish to lose my new job! It would already be in jeopardy. The library is closed, however safety will report this.” Ben felt ashamed and wished to cry, however his father was so relieved about getting Yale’s new acquisition again, for the second he wasn’t as indignant at Ben. Joe’s solely thought was, “All’s effectively that ends effectively.”