The narrator was travelling in a chair-car heading towards Pittsburg on business. He saw a passenger hurling one of the best novels,” The Rose Lady and Trevelyan” to the floor. He recognized the passenger as his old acquaintance John A. Pescud, a travelling salesman for a plate-glass company.
During the journey they discussed about American Bestsellers. Pescud remarked that the story of Bestsellers was so uninteresting because of its unlikely real life situations and its insignificant connection with ordinary human beings. He also commented that in the novel, “The Rose Lady and Trevelyan” the hero Trevelyan, scenes and characters are not consistent with reality and life.
As they talk further on, he told the narrator about his marriage.His wife’s was Jessie Allyn, the only daughter of the oldest family in Virginia. Her father Colonel Allyn possessed the reputation of the biggest man and the finest quality in Virginia. Pescud told the narrator how they met in a journey where he had least expected to find his life partner. Pescud narrated the incident how he chased her all the way on their journey from Illinois to Cincinnati. Like an American hero, he followed her up till her home and decided to talk. The next morning he visited Allyns and not only met the Colonel but also impressed him by his honest motives.
Finally, Pescud told that two evening later he got a chance to meet Allyns alone. Colonel inquired about his family and was convinced that he was right for his daughter and got the two married. Pescud told the narrator that he would get down at Coketown in order to buy Petunia cutting for his wife as she was fond of them.