As anyone would know, conveyancing is transferring property from one person to another. Everyone knows that. Even Madeira probably knows it, and she’s a silly little thing who likes to chase butterflies and other silly things. Father has connections in the world of conveyancing and settlement in Melbourne, the city in which we live, and that means that it’ll be part of the empire I am to one day inherit. I simply must educate myself on all of its facets.
Thing is, there are so many facets upon which I must educate myself, since Father owns a great deal of them. Conveyancing is only one. Still, it is to do with housing, and housing is key. People need houses, even if their houses are not as big as ours. I wonder, were conveyancers involved in the purchase of Whitehall Chamber back in 1562? Was the profession as prolific then as it is now?
Certainly, there is much to learn, and now that I am eleven, my time grows short. Father prides himself on knowing every aspect of his business, which is why I have used the google to ascertain such things as the sale of land act, solicitor guidelines and regulations regarding settlement. I have made extremely little progress in my understanding of these documents, however. They seem to be written in a legal language that my law tutor, Donatello, has not yet thought fit to teach me. What, for example, is ‘deficit’? Oh, the definition is simple enough, but knowledge of definitions can only take me so far. I still struggle to apply this knowledge. Perhaps it is my inexperience? Should I ask Donatello? No, I will not! He has a loathsome habit of declaring certain knowledge beyond my ability, when in reality, I do not believe anything is so if I apply myself correctly.
Perhaps Father does not understand everything about business. After all, Melbourne’s conveyancing lawyers must study for years to gain their qualifications, and they are immersed in the industry of strange words and meanings. Yes, that must be it. A glancing knowledge is enough, and so I should not concern myself greatly. I have more important things to do, in any case…such as maths homework.
-Archibald Clancy II