"defaced by Oliver Cromwell at the time of the Revelation."
I had to laugh, haa.
Arr, 'e lays there quite comfortable like with his ole woman alongside 'im.
They reckon that's the finest bit of sharpening stone in 'Ertfordshire. Only 'is ole woman ain't no good. Can't get no edge out ov 'er.
He have a little dog lays at his feet, like a little crusading dog, wot used to follow after 'em down by the Crimea. Only I reckon tha's more like a whippet if you ask me. That stands over agin th' organ.
I like music. I used to sing in the choir, only they reckoned my voice was a bit too spiteful.
I mind ole Charlie 'Awkins said to me one time, 'e said "You got a belly full o' music, Jimmy, but a bad road out."
Arr. But I had a tidy good education. I could read when I was 18, only o' course not to understand it.
Not like that ole Miss Piggott what used to play th' organ.
I hated the sights of 'er. I couldn't abide 'er.
They reckon her dad was a big army gentleman left over from the mutinies.
But she was very 'ot on the temperance.
Arr, I mind she seed my barrow stood outside the Rose and Crown one time. I'd been over to get some
  bean sticks from by the crab tree and I'd stood my barrow outside the Rose and Crown and she seen it stood there.
So I sees her on the Tuesday and she starts off at me.
She says "I seed your barrow stood outside the Rose and Crown," she says, "that's intemperance," she says. "Look not upon the wine when it is red," she says, "Cos at the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like a adder; Proverbs 25, 31 and 32."
"But," I said, "I was never inside the Rose and Crown." I said, "I never come near 'er."
And she said, "I seed your barrow stood outside. That's intemperance," she said. "That's intemperance."
So I seed it wasn't no good argyfying. I touched me hat and said good arternoon.
About three or four days arterwards I left my barrow outside her door all night.
Arr, that 'ad 'er.
That 'ad 'er.


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