excerpt from 'Their small corner' pp. 79-80 (166 words)

excerpt from 'Their small corner' pp. 79-80 (166 words)

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Their small corner

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What fun we had out of small things […] 


Boys could play the bones and one could whistle with his fingers in his mouth and we all tried to do the same.


I liked to sing and the younger woman at the [neighbouring] Tan House was a pianist who enjoyed playing for me to sing such songs as the Volunteer Organist, Come on over the garden wall, and the Perfect Day [A Perfect Day]. I often crept out of the house and ran to the corner to see if there was a light in her parlour and when there was I asked Mother to let me go to sing. They were joyous times. 


On Christmas Eve the husband [at Tan House] had a card party where men played half-penny nap and my Father was one of the players. The men asked if I would sing in the early part of the evening so while they played in a room across the corridor I sang to them. 

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