Charlotte Wilson Archive

A Scene in London

Written: 1886.
Source: Text from
Transcription/Markup: Andy Carloff
Online Source:; 2021

    BOTH of them deaf and close on eighty years old --
    She stone-blind, and he nearly so--
    Side by side crouching over the fire in a little London hovel--seven
shillings a week--
    Their joints knotted with rheumatism--their faces all day long mute
like statues of all passing expression--(no cloud flying by, no gleam of
sunshine there)--lips closed and silent :

     But for that now and then taking his pipe out of his mouth,
     He puts his face close to her ear and yells just a word into it,
     And she nods her blind head and gives a raucous screech in answer.