One of my favourite writers. How not to illustrate some of his novels? :)
"The following Friday he went down to the launches again. And, as on every Friday, he returned home without the longed-for letter. ‘We’ve waited long enough,’ his wife told him that night. ‘One must have the patience of an ox, as you do, to wait for a letter for fifteen years.’ The colonel got into his hammock to read the newspapers.
‘We have to wait our turn,’ he said. ‘Our number is 1823.’"