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Scene 41
Defending William Shakespeare

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Follow One Character When I was come, first I did feed the chickens. And then I did go to carry in the wood. It was while I was carrying in wood that Rob Ryder came to borrow a hammer. I haven't been near unto where he has been since I did bite his hand the other day. And today the mamma tried to make me say to that Rob Ryder how sorry I was because I bit him on the hand. But I wasn't a bit sorry. And I wouldn't say I was sorry. And if I got a chance I'd bite him again for his laying that big whip to the back of William Shakespeare when he doesn't pull logs fast enough. I know my William Shakespeare and I know how hard he pulls to pull those logs. To pull those logs he does his very best.
  And when he was gone away the mamma did spank me most hard with the hairbrush. Then she put me out the door. And I did go from the house we do live in to where do dwell King Edward III and Queen Philippa of Hainault . They are grand trees. We are friends. Often it is I go to where they dwell when the mamma does put me out of the house. Today I did stay long with them and I did talk long with them. Mostly it was about the lovely England when they were there, we did have talks about today.
  And the wind was talking too. I think the wind does have knowing of this being their wedding day in 1328. As he did come near unto where they dwell , he did walk among the willows by the singing creek . And I did climb down from the arms of Queen Philippa of Hainault and go to gather watercress for the mamma . She does have such a fondness for it.
  Then I did say good-bye, and I did say good-bye to all those twelve trees growing near unto them. And all those twelve trees that do grow near unto King Edward III and Queen Philippa of Hainault --those twelve trees are their twelve children. The tree most near unto Edward III, that is Edward Prince of Wales ; and the one next unto him is Lionel Duke of Clarence ; and the one most near unto him, that is John of Gaunt , Duke of Lancaster. The time was when there were only ten trees growing there, and I did have needs to plant two more. Two little ones I did plant, and one is for baby Blanche and one is for baby William , the other one.
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