Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Page 331 (13.1-26) "The summer evening... a drink of water."

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parody of Maria Cummins' The Lamplighter, 1854 [ebook]

The summer evening had begun to fold the world in its mysterious embrace. Far away in the west the sun was setting and the last glow of all too fleeting day lingered lovingly on sea and strand, on the proud promontory of dear old Howth, guarding as ever the waters of the bay, on the weedgrown rocks along Sandymount shore and, last but not least, on the quiet church whence there streamed forth at times upon the stillness the voice of prayer to her who is in her pure radiance a beacon ever to the stormtossed heart of man, Mary, star of the sea.

sunset 8:27

1909 map
streetview now

Mary, star of the sea [more]

the terrain is much changed since 1904

The three girl friends were seated on the rocks, enjoying the evening scene and the air which was fresh but not too chilly. Many a time and oft were they wont to come there to that favourite nook to have a cosy chat beside the sparkling waves and discuss matters feminine, Cissy Caffrey and Edy Boardman with the baby in the pushcar and Tommy and Jacky Caffrey, two little curlyheaded boys, dressed in sailor suits with caps to match and the name H.M.S. Belleisle printed on both. For Tommy and Jacky Caffrey were twins, scarce four years old and very noisy and spoiled twins sometimes but for all that darling little fellows with bright merry faces and endearing ways about them. They were dabbling in the sand with their spades and buckets, building castles as children do, or playing with their big coloured ball, happy as the day was long. And Edy Boardman was rocking the chubby baby to and fro in the pushcar while that young gentleman fairly chuckled with delight. He was but eleven months and nine days old and, though still a tiny toddler, was just beginning to lisp his first babyish words. Cissy Caffrey bent over him to tease his fat little plucks and the dainty dimple in his chin.

pushcar vs pram vs stroller?

warship scrapped in 1903
inflatable vulcanised rubber balls date to c1860
inflatable beachballs weren't invented until 1938? or 1922
soccer, volley and basket balls were made of leather panels

baby Boardman's birthday: 07Jul03
Edy is 22yo

— Now, baby, Cissy Caffrey said. Say out big, big. I want a drink of water.




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