The Roll-Top: The author found a roll-top desk in a junk shop. He thought that he could restore it. So he bought it and began to work on it on Christmas eve.
The Letter: He pulled out the drawers. He found that these had been badly damaged by fire and water. The last drawer stuck fast. When it opened, it revealed a secret space. In it he found a small tin box. Over it he found a notice which read “Jim’s last letter.” There was a letter inside addressed “12 Copper Beeches, Bridpot. The date was given December 26, 1914.
Jim and Connie: The author read the letter. The owner of the desk might have put it in. The letter had been written by a captain of the English army, Jim McPherson. He had written it to his wife Connie. A wonderful incident had happened on the battlefield on the Christmas eve. Jim McPherson had narrated it in his letter.
Unforgettable Moments: The English and Germans were at war. The two armies stood in their respective trenches. Suddenly McPherson saw someone waving a white flag from the enemy side and heard Christmas wishes. The English too responded them and wished them from their side. Then, they thought it was all over. But, to their surprise……
Hans Wolf and Jim chatted about their lands. Hans told that he knew Dorset very well to where Jim belongs to. He has never been to England but he spoke English very well. His favorite writer was Thomas Hardy and favorite book was ‘Far from the madding crowd’. They shared many thoughts and food Hans Wolf and Jim chatted about their lands. Hans told that he knew Dorset very well to where Jim belongs to. He has never been to England but he spoke English very well. His favorite writer was Thomas Hardy and favorite book was ‘Far from the madding crowd’. They shared many thoughts and food War or Football; Then a soldier brought out a football. The soldiers played in the no mans land while the captains clapped and cheered
Hans Wolf suggested that the world would be much better if the problems are solved by football matches rather than wars. Because, in a football match the winner and the loser are chosen without any bloodshed.The Celebration: After the football match, all the drinks and food were consumed. Now it was time to part. Both the armies saluted each other and the Germans walked away slowly. Jim bid farewell to Hans in moist eyes. In the night both the armies were heard singing carols. And, the peaceful celebration of Christmas came to an end
The Hope: McPherson ended the letter hoping that the war would end soon. He wrote that both the armies longed for peace and he was sure that they would be together again.Having read the letter, the author, put it back in the envelope. He decided to give the letter back to whom it belonged. The address was of Bridpot, Dorset. So he drove to that place.