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A Little Room

Title: A Little Room

Author Eglantine_br

Kit Marlowe

Word Count 225

A Little Room

Father's feet across the floor, a lift, plant, slide. The sound known, as his voice, as Mother's kiss. Kit's same pewter plate, the horn spoon he had used since the breast. He stood at his place at bench. Bent his head for the muttered prayer, and for Father's grunt as he sat.

“Take some turnips, Christofer.” His mother's smile was a darting thing, a sparrow smile, but he caught it. “And this is Dorothy's butter for them. She brings it to me often, with good bread.”

He took the weight of the bowl, warm in his hand. Her hands were thin and red.

“Our Dorothy made a good match.” Mother said. She looked down, smoothing the table cloth. (Much creased, put down for his visit,)

“Think thou on marriage now, Christofer?”

“Not yet Mother. I have not the money for a wife.”

“Wasting your money in taverns--” father began. Kit put his gaze down and waited it out. Father moved from taverns to sin generally, to shoe-making. The trajectory was worn with time. At length Father put down his spoon.

Thank'ee Katherine,” he said. Kit heard the scrape as he stood, to return to the shop.

“His knee pains him,” Mother said.

“I know.”


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 21st, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
That's wonderful. So many painful and familiar family dynamics captured so sparingly. Kit doesn't fit in there any more does he? He's outgrown the space he once filled and he does't fit any more.

Beautifully written. Your writing is a wonder as always.
Sep. 21st, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
The little room, too little now for the riches that contained it once. He loves them with a painful mixture of pity and exasperation.

Have you ever seen a hen that raised ducklings? She sat on the eggs, and she sheltered the babies, and she did everything right-- and she loved them, so when they go to the waters edge she is scared for them, and then they go right in and start swimming! And she screams and cries and runs along the riverbank waving her wings. They are unnatural, ungrateful! They are ducks...
Sep. 22nd, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
We had hens when I was growing up, but not ducklings. What a wonderful way to describe that dislocation though. I guess that's the thing about raising children, you never know if you've raised a duck until they take to the water...
Sep. 21st, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
Lovely writing. One might say your best piece evah. So much said in so few rods. Beezer.
Sep. 21st, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Now you see why I was looking for cobblers knee. As I remember it is a thickening and calcification of the knee and thigh, resulting from repeated hammering on it. (Why does the cobbler not use his bench, then? Don't know.)

Anyway, all I found was a description of the 'cobbler pose' in yoga which is supposed to give you a good looking butt.

So I don't know what is wrong with John Marlowe's knee. He was in the town militia, he had a bow. So that means he was probably large and strong.

This one took all week to write. Poor Kit, another place he has to lie.

I am so glad that this one worked. Took ages. And it hurt.
Sep. 21st, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
There's clearly a tradition of cobblers mending things on their knees (search this doc) http://www.stickssn.org/site/media/Effective%20Collections/Master_Catalogue_Cobblers_Tools.pdf

I bet if you kept whacking things on your knee the bone would react.

No further info on cobbler's knee, alas.
Sep. 21st, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
And over your way the cobblers pose could be very interesting.... (or rude)

Edited at 2013-09-21 10:18 pm (UTC)
Sep. 22nd, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
LOL Yes, Cockney rhyming slang is so wonderful...
Sep. 21st, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
We are going to see a performance of Marlowe's Dido this evening.
Sep. 21st, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Wow. So lucky. I have never seen his work performed live. And I have never seen Dido at all.
Sep. 23rd, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)
It was a pretty good performance - given by schoolboys, who "hit above their weight", as it were, in the quality of their acting.
Sep. 23rd, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, Thank you!!
Sep. 23rd, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome :-)

Edited at 2013-09-24 03:43 pm (UTC)
Sep. 25th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
great writing and well structured as ever

interestd in the Dido info as well
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