A man reads aloud at a table in front of a fireplace. A maid interrupts his story to hand him his bowler hat, gesturing towards the clock behind. He brushes her off and continues to read animatedly. Appearing to act out the story, he stabs the bread with the bread knife. Distracted, he pours coffee and milk into his hat. Looking at the clock he hurriedly throws the coffee out of his hat and places it on his head. Outside he falls over a woman washing the steps, knocking over the bucket of water and hurting her elbow. He carries on regardless, still reading the book. Engrossed, he walks into a skipping rope some children are playing with, cursing at them as they run back towards the house. He tips his hat to a donkey without looking up from the book and gets in the way of another man, who crossly pushes him to one side. As he continues to read, a steamroller trundles towards him. Failing to move out of the way, the man is flattened by the roller. Two men on bicycles re-inflate him with their pumps and help him to stand, handing him his book and hat. The men laugh as he walks on, still reading the story.