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God knows how Softy Palmer became a departmental manager (actually, it is the usual story that he is related to Sir Reginald). When deputising for Fudge he was too timid to walk into the Buying Department until Bristow and Jones say "Come in". Once in Fudge’s office he was unable to get out because Bristow moved his desk to block the door. When he tries a "Get on with your work" he is ignored until he says "Please". Bristow, arriving late to find Jones and Hewitt with their feet up immediately knows who is charge on the day that Fudge starts his holidays strip 2297
WJ Turner is the firm’s hatchet man. When he came calling, Bristow didn’t wait around to find out why. Hiding in the filing cabinet seemed a good idea until Jones was trying to find something. But sooner or later a man has to stop running. strip 4240 But in the end, to the disappointment of a large number of clerks, Turner had come not to fire Bristow but to ask him about his holidays.
Flint is a very hard man. When someone is two minutes late for work the entire department is penalised - they lose their tea and cakes privileges and have to take bread and water from Mrs. Purdy's tea trolley.
He goes on the firms outing described in such loving detail in Bristow (1966). The next day in the buying department Bristow, lolling with his feet up on the desk, is warned of his approach by a colleague.
Bristow : Ah Wilkie, my piano-playing buddy from
last night. Probably popping in to see how I am. Good old Wilkie.
A distinctly similar encounter with the newly promoted Pilkington may also be of interest
When Bristow visits the firm's all rounder Victor Ludorum he is sceptical of the reason for Ludorum's ability to win every sport on offer. Until he runs into Ludorum's boss Mr. Taylor and discovers a hitherto unknown ability at sprinting