Was it all some elaborate plan of Pope's, or just a farce?
Me? Looking back now, I think it was the caper to end all capers, and if it I'm right, what he did was nothing short of genius.
What you're about to bear witness to is possibly the greatest swindle of all time, one that brought an institution to its knees and made me a rich man in the process... Or it could be just a bunch of crude jokes about a pub's name.
Some say it should be a focus of reading groups, should be studied, analysed to try and rinse the truth from the clues that lay scattered in Pope's wake. But I'm telling you it better be done quickly, because time isn't hanging around. Rumour has it there's more on the horizon.
You haven't heard the last of this.
"Not many books get me laughing out loud and reading snippets to my poor husband, but this one fit the bill." Chris B Amazon.com
Phil Lud is just a card game away from destitution when he gets a call; on the other end of the line Abraham Pope is panicking.
Pope is a 'Safer' and lives in a vast dome where Health and Safety rules. Everything under the dome is researched; risk assessed, regulated and runs smoothly, until a leak.
Arriving at work one day, Pope is aghast to see a drip coming from the building's foyer ceiling. He springs into action, cordons off the area and is soon charged with the enormous task of getting it fixed.
With no need for plumbers inside the dome, Pope is forced to turn to the outside where Phil Lud lives.
Can Lud fix the leak without breaching one of the million or so safety directives?
Will Pope see the dome for what it is?