On how to quiet a baby

Tue 15 Mar 2011 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Mystery baby by Adam Tinworth“I will only mention that, after a good deal of experiment, I found one infallible method of stopping the baby’s howls. This was to put it in the pram and race it at top speed (I should say here that I had won the fifteen years and under three-quarter mile at the village sports) round and round the field. The baby liked this. Unfortunately Tweetie the dog didn’t care for it; he was nervous about my running, maybe he thought I was trying to kidnap the child, and insisted on racing beside me, taking a nip out of my calf every so often and barking in a high-pitched hysterical manner.”
—from “Harp Music” by Joan Aiken in The Monkey’s Wife and Other Stories

Photo by Adam Tinworth.

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