Thursday, 18 December 2014

Dummy's Party








Jennospot 127  "Dummy’s Birthday Party"

Yuletide is a time for merry-makin' an' parties. So come an' join some wunnerful authors fer an Online Virtual Party wiv a whole lot o' fun readin', an' a few giveaway prizes...!
 

That noice Helen Hollick, wot writes real excitin’ books about pirates an’ ovver ‘istorical stuff, loike wot ‘appened a long toime ago in 1066 f’rinstance, ‘as asked us ter write somefink about parties. Any’ow, in Widdlin’ton we ‘ave lots o’ ordin’ry parties, wiv cake an’ jelly an’ games an’ such, but there were one wot we ‘ad fer Mr Pierce, wot everybody calls “Dummy”, wot got stuck in moi mem’ry special loike. But Oi ain’t all that good about writin’ stuff down, so Oi asked moi friend Peter ter put down a few words about it. So ‘ere it is. ‘Ope yew loike it:
 
I was the last to arrive at Dummy's birthday party. Everyone was sitting stiffly around the table in the school shelter. Nobody was speaking.

I went straight up to Mr Pearce. His much-worn clothes were too tight round the waist and under the arms. He seemed ill at ease.

‘Happy birthday, Daniel,’ I said.

‘Arrgh, thank'ee kindly,’ he replied. He showed his misshapen teeth through a matted beard in what was more a grimace than a smile.

‘What's the matter Daniel? Aren't they looking after you properly?’

‘Reckon as 'ow it's more'n a little whiles since ol' Dan'l 'ad a party fer 'is birthday. Reckon as 'ow 'ee's roight thankful. There be a fine cake with candles wot Miss Winnifred gave and Miss Molly's biscuits an' all.’

‘You could look a bit happier about it,’ I said.

‘Reckon ol' Dan'l's leavin' Widdlington afore soon. 'Ee'll be roight sad ter be leavin' 'is friends.’

‘You're not leaving today at any rate, and you're not in the lockup,’ said Molly.

‘So cheer up,’ said Winnifred.

‘Have some beer,’ said Miss Hangar.

‘Don't moind if'n Oi do,’ said Daniel.

‘Everyone's saying it was Daniel who sabotaged the survey of the allotments,’ said Leta.

‘But it wasn't him!’ exclaimed Winnifred. ‘And Mr Trundle knows it.’

‘Unfortunately, people will gossip,’ said Miss Hangar.

‘We know it wasn't you, Daniel,’ I said. ‘And we're going to prove it absolutely, so that it doesn't depend just on the word of Winnifred. We've already got some clues.’

‘That's right,’ said Roy. ‘But we need you to help us.’

Dummy looked bewildered. ‘Clues?’ he said. ‘'Ow can ol' Daniel 'elp when the Parish is puttin' 'im off'n the allotments and sendin' 'im into a home?’

‘It hasn't happened yet,’ said Roy.

‘And we're going to make sure it doesn't happen,’ said Molly. ‘Miss Hangar's going to help us.’
 
‘Of course she's going to help us,’ said Jenno in her best BBC voice, ‘Aren't you Miss Hangar?’

‘I, er—’  said Miss Hangar.

‘She's on the Parish Council,’ I said. ‘And she and Mr Trundle will tell the others what the truth is. Won't you Miss Hangar?’

‘I er— that is— yes. I'll certainly tell them the truth about the sabotage when I know myself what the truth is.’

‘See Daniel?’ said Roy. ‘But there are some things we need to know. And only you can tell us.’

‘Ar—?’ questioned Daniel.

‘For instance,’ I said. ‘Did you buy those Wellington boots you promised yourself for your birthday?

‘Mr Hibberd were roight put out when ol' Dan'l asked 'im. 'Ee din't roightly know 'ow ter come out wi' it. It's the war, 'ee said. Anything wot were rubber was next ter impossible ter come by. 'Ee said as 'ow 'ee'd be roight pleased ter favour me, but that it weren't fer termorrer nor the day after. When 'ee 'ad some Wellingtons in 'ee'd be rememberin' a pair fer ol' Dan'l.’

‘You didn't buy any then?’ asked Roy.

‘Arrgh— just so.’

‘You don't possess any other rubber boots?’ asked Jenno primly.

‘Where would ol' Dan'l be findin’ a shillin' or two fer rubber boots wot 'ee don't roightly need?’ replied Daniel.

‘The footprints aren't Daniel's,’ said Roy.

‘I never thought they were,’ said Winnifred.

‘Me neither,’ said Katy.

‘You are going to help then, Miss Hangar?’ said Jenno.

‘Yes Jenno, er— Jean,’ said Miss Hangar. ‘I'll do what I can; but you know, there's really very little I can do now concerning the allotments. The project is already approved and far advanced.

‘As for The Old Vicarage, it's a decision for the Church and the vicar. Any interference by the school would only arouse resentment. But I can certainly help Mr Pearce to learn to read and write. That way he could become independent of support from the Parish.’

‘And not go into a home!’ exclaimed Molly. She stuffed her knuckles into her mouth and looked horrified towards Daniel.

‘Don't ye be a-fazed none, Miss Molly,’ said Daniel gently. ‘Ol' Dan'l baint be deaf; 'ee knows roight well wot people say. 'Ee bain't be such a dummy as 'ow they think.’

An embarrassed silence fell. It was broken by Winnifred: ‘I think it's about time we lit the candles. Who's got some matches?’

‘I'll ask my mum,’ said Leta. ‘Wait a tic and I'll nip indoors and get some.’ She ran into the school caretaker's house and emerged a moment later rattling a box of matches. ‘We didn't know how many candles to put on, but in any case, Hibberd's store only had one box—it's the war you know—so we put them all on. There are twenty.’

‘Heh, heh,’ chuckled Daniel. ‘Roight kind ye be. Arrgh— but two-and-a-half boxes 'uld 'ave been more loike.’

‘Blow them all out in one go and you can make a wish,’ said Katy.

Daniel took a deep breath and blew. Twenty tiny flames disappeared to be replaced by twenty slender columns of smoke.


‘Make a wish,’ cried everyone.


‘But don't tell anyone until it comes true,’ cautioned Jenno.


Daniel shut his eyes; held them screwed tight and then opened them again.

‘Have you made a wish?’ asked Molly.

‘Aye,’ said Daniel.

‘And so have I,’ said Molly.


 


From "Gang Petition" Chapter 7 http://www.peterstjohn.net/index_6.htm





Thank yew fer joinin' in wiv our party. Oi 'ope yew liked moi bit. If'n yew like, yew c'n foller on now ter the next bit o' the fun... 
 

1. Helen Hollick : “You are Cordially Invited to a Ball” (plus a giveaway prize) -  http://tinyurl.com/nsodv78  

2. Alison Morton : "Saturnalia surprise - a winter party tale”  (plus a giveaway prize) - http://tinyurl.com/op8fz57

3. Andrea Zuvich : No Christmas For You! The Holiday Under Cromwell - http://tinyurl.com/pb9fh3m

4. Ann Swinfen : Christmas 1586 – Burbage’s Company of Players Celebrates - http://tinyurl.com/mwaukkx

5. Anna Belfrage :  All I want for Christmas (plus a giveaway prize) http://tinyurl.com/okycz3o

6. Carol Cooper : How To Be A Party Animal - http://wp.me/p3uiuG-Mn

7. Clare Flynn :  A German American Christmas - http://tinyurl.com/mmbxh3r

8. Debbie Young :  Good Christmas Housekeeping (plus a giveaway prize) http://tinyurl.com/mbnlmy2

9. Derek Birks :  The Lord of Misrule - A Medieval Christmas Recipe for Trouble - http://wp.me/p3hedh-3f

10. Edward James : An Accidental Virgin and An Uninvited Guest -  http://tinyurl.com/o3vowum and - http://tinyurl.com/lwvrxnx 

11. Fenella J. Miller : Christmas on the Home front (plus a giveaway prize) - http://tinyurl.com/leqddlq

12. J. L. Oakley :  Christmas Time in the Mountains 1907 (plus a giveaway prize) - http://bit.ly/1v3uRYy

13. Jude Knight : Christmas at Avery Hall in the Year of Our Lord 1804 - http://wp.me/p58yDd-az

14. Julian Stockwin: Join the Party - http://tinyurl.com/n8xk946  
 
15Juliet Greenwood : Christmas 1914 on the Home Front (plus a giveaway) - http://tinyurl.com/q6e9vnp
 
16. Lauren Johnson :  Farewell Advent, Christmas is come" - Early Tudor Festive Feasts - http://tinyurl.com/mmclaey
 
17. Lucienne Boyce :  A Victory Celebration - http://tinyurl.com/ovl4sus
 
18. Nancy Bilyeau :  Christmas After the Priory (plus a giveaway prize) - http://tinyurl.com/p52q7gl
 
19. Nicola Moxey : The Feast of the Epiphany, 1182 - http://tinyurl.com/pewcu6f
 
20. Peter St John:  Dummy’s Birthday - Hi! Yew're already 'ere. So there ain't no link.
 
21. Regina Jeffers : Celebrating a Regency Christmas  (plus a giveaway prize) - http://tinyurl.com/pt2yvzs
 
22. Richard Abbott : The Hunt – Feasting at Ugarit - http://tinyurl.com/o9vhn8m
 
23. Saralee Etter : Christmas Pudding -- Part of the Christmas Feast - http://tinyurl.com/lyd4d7b
 
24. Stephen Oram : Living in your dystopia: you need a festival of enhancement… (plus a giveaway prize) - http://wp.me/p4lRC7-aG
 
25. Suzanne Adair :The British Legion Parties Down for Yule 1780 (plus a giveaway prize) - http://bit.ly/1r9qnUZ 

26. Lindsay Downs: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree -  (plus a giveaway prize)  http://tinyurl.com/kvfz468


Thank yew fer joinin' us. 'Ave yerself a real enjoyable Christmas, wiv luv from Jenno...!

 


 



 

 

29 comments:

  1. Oi, moi speoich is chainged. I can' teepee it up.

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    1. Cripes, Gel Cel. Oi 'ope it ain't too serious. Any'ow, 'ave yerself a real merry Christmas...!

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  2. Well, bwoi - oi cum fram Suffolk, n yer speech be a bit skew-loike; but a crakin tale nohow.

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    1. Cripes Nicky, yew got it in one-- well done! Where are yew from then...?

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  3. What a sweet story! I hope they can keep Daniel out of the home!

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    1. Ah, Lucienne, that Oi ain't a-divulgin' 'cos it were a roight complicated story in the finish, an' if'n Oi told yew now 'ow it ended, then Oi'd be in roight trouble wiv Peter St J. So.if'n yew want ter go furver wiv it, you'd best ask 'im, or 'ave a look at 'is website: http://www.peterstjohn.net . Even so, Oi'm real glad that yew found it a sweet story, only it weren't so sweet fer poor ol' Dummy...

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  4. True Christmas spirit! Very nice post.

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    1. Thank yew, Anna, fer visitin' the party. Oi'm makin' a little wish fer yew...

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  5. A touching story...thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. An' Oi'm touched Regina, to 'ave 'ad a royal visit from yew; thank yew...

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  6. Zank you, Jenno, for an amusing story. Le pauvre Daniel! But 'e 'as 'is little friends to 'elp heem.'
    Bon courage!

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    1. Yew ain't wrong, Alison; even so-- cripes...! 'Ave yerself a real merry Christmas...

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  7. A very nice post about Dummy. Reminds me of new pajamas. Remember when Dummy got those? Anyways, I see lots of authors above posting so I figure a reader should post too sometimes. I reckon some write and some read but it sure is great when we can do both.

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    1. Thank yew, Anonymous Reader. Oi remember about Dummy's pyjamas, cripes, they was scattered all over The Street. But yew loikly know as 'ow 'ee ain't the only one wivvout pyjamas...

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  8. Great post - can't do the accent - somehow I feel All Will Be Well in the end!

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  9. Thank yew, Ann. Yew ain't wrong about the accent 'cos ev'rybody's got one; 'cept me o' corse. As fer all bein' well at the end, it depends on who yew are a-finkin' of. Oi reckon as 'ow there's some wot wouldn't all tergevver agree wiv yew. Any'ow, it's real noice of yew ter say so...

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  10. I am having a nice time re-visiting the blog Hop - thanks Jenno for your contribution - and Happy New Year!

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  11. Thanks for the post! A lot of fun and a good reminder of the shortfall of war

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  12. Gosh, the school shelter - his party is in an air-raid shelter? Crikey! When I was at primary school in the 1960s in suburban London, we still had a air-raid shelters all down the side of the playing field. They were out of bounds and looked spooky and scary to us, who knew little about the war - I wonder now whether they were ever the scene of any parties!

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