he Bluebottle Boys (Vol. 2), Chapter 32: Oranges & Lemons (Part 9)

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[Note: With a few (rather obvious) exceptions, the illustrations for this post come from an 1865 edition of The Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin, with illustrations by H. L. Stephens, an illustrator for Vanity Fair (1859-1863).] As I acclimated to my surroundings, I watched, fascinated, as the great sailing ships of old left port […]

The Bluebottle Boys, Chapter 32: Oranges & Lemons (Part 3)

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I had just finished a second full round of The Baby Tree when I heard a quiet stringed instrument accompanying me. To my delight, it wasn’t a guitar, but a theorbo. I’d been to live performances that featured one, and the instrument fascinated me — to my childlike mind it seemed like an extra-terrestrial bass […]