book shop after hours
slide money under the door
good deed weary world
The Old Bay Marketplace is an arcade or covered outdoor walkway through the middle of a building that is lined with shops on either side of the walkway located on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina.
On the corner of the entrance to the arcade on Bay Street is a used bookstore named the McIntosh Book Shoppe.
The McIntosh Book Shoppe is situated there on the corner of the entrance into the arcade so that there is a door facing Bay Street and another back door that opens out into the covered walkway.
The space outside this back door under the covered walkway is crowded with book carts and tables that are filled with books for sale.
So many carts, tables and books are crowded into this space that moving all these carts, tables and books would be a lot of work to bring in at night and put back out the next day.
So the books, carts and tables are not brought in at night.
The books, carts and tables stay outside in the covered arcade.
On the arcade wall, next to the door, is a metal rack stuffed full of envelopes.
Next to the metal rack stuffed full of envelopes is a small, hand lettered sign.
The sign reads:
After hours – put money in envelope and slide under the door.
It is altogether appropriate at this point to quote Big Bill’s, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world” (Merchant of Venice – Act V, Scene I)
But, somehow, it is better to quote Gene Wilder in the role of Willy Wonka.
So shines a good deed in a weary world.
PS: Admit it – this made you smile and feel a little bit of a warm bump inside – maybe a small kick of hope in your soul.