The Puppet Show of Memory

Maurice Baring

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There were two forms of light refreshment peculiar to the nursery, and probably to all nurseries: one was Albert biscuits, and the other toast-in-water. Children call for an Albert biscuit as men ask for a whisky-and-soda at a club, not from hunger, but as an adjunct to conversation and a break in monotony. At night, after we had gone to bed, we used often to ask monotonously and insistently for a drink of water. Hilly, I want a drink of water but this meant, not that one was thirsty, but that one was frightened and wanted to see a human being. All my brothers and sisters, I found out afterwards, had done the same thing in the same way, and for the same reason, but the tradition had been handed down quite unconsciously. I can't remember how the nursery epoch came to an end; it merges in my memory without any line of division, into the schoolroom period; but the first visits in the country certainly belonged to the nursery epoch. We used to go in the summer to Coombe Cottage, near Malden, an ivy-covered, red-brick house, with a tower at one end, a cool oak hall and staircase, a drawing-room full of water colours, a room next to it full of books, with a drawing-table and painting materials ready, and a long dining-room, of which the narrow end was a sitting-room, and had a verandah looking out on to the garden. There was also a kitchen garden, lawns, a dairy, a gardener, Mr. Baker, who made nosegays, a deaf-and dumb under-gardener who spoke on his fingers, a farmyard, and a duck-pond into which I remember falling.
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    (Londra 1874 - Beaufort Castle, Scozia, 1945) scrittore inglese. Autore di poesie e di romanzi, trovò la sua misura nel racconto e nel romanzo breve. In opere come Un triangolo (A triangle, 1923) e La culla del gatto (Cat’s cradle, 1925) il sottile senso dell’umorismo lo salva da un’eccessiva preziosità stilistica. Approfondisci
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