By George Bourne

ISBN-10: 1108003699

ISBN-13: 9781108003698

In 1901, George Sturt (using the pen-name George Bourne) released this biography of his gardener, Frederick Bettesworth. This strange ethnographic account, written in a changed dialect, uniquely captures rural existence in past due nineteenth-century England. The ebook bridges the category divide among 'master and guy' as Sturt, via many interviews, will get to grasp his down-to-earth day labourer, and is derived to appreciate peasant existence and poverty as noticeable in the course of the eyes of Bettesworth. within the creation, Sturt accurately lays out his interviewing method, which permits the reader to appreciate either males because the conversations, and the e-book, growth. via 35 chapters, he opens a window at the social relationships among the periods amid descriptions of the paintings, adolescence, schooling, and kin lifetime of the region's agricultural employees. Sturt is humbled and enriched via his friendship with Bettesworth, calling him the 'voice of Britain', a guy 'rugged, unresting, irresistible'.

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A chum I was a-workin' with, < ' ? ' 'Cause I hadn't heerd tell o' no 47 The Bettesworth Book such thing afore, ye know. 'Come along,1 he says. So I goos off 'long o' he, an' we come to a 'ouse an' went in, an' / didn't much like the looks o't. There was somethin' in there—I didn't know whether 'twas a dead 'un or not, an' I wished I 'an't come. But they shook 'ands all roun', an' we set down, an' I looked at this 'ere thing on the table—covered with a white sheet it was, an' shaped like as if ther' was a coffin underneath.

But at the dinner he set opposite me, an' he kept lookin' at me. ' ' I thinks I knows him,' I says. And by 'n by he says to me, ' En't your name Fred ? ' ' Yes,' I says. ' An' do you know my name ? ' he says. ' I says. And that was he. And 't wan't so very long afore we was off A Roaming Commission and havin' a drink together. . I'd lived with 'n three year; then I took it into my head to move. He wanted me to stay; but I had a kind o' roamin' commission. " In two days I went from Staines down t' other side o' Chichester.

Come along,1 he says. So I goos off 'long o' he, an' we come to a 'ouse an' went in, an' / didn't much like the looks o't. There was somethin' in there—I didn't know whether 'twas a dead 'un or not, an' I wished I 'an't come. But they shook 'ands all roun', an' we set down, an' I looked at this 'ere thing on the table—covered with a white sheet it was, an' shaped like as if ther' was a coffin underneath. Then by 'n' by they begun to turn the sheet back off the dead 'un, an' when they set up their Irish 'owl I wished myself outside.

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