Sunday, 5 January 2014

Through English History With Hob Gadling

Neil Gaiman, "Men of Good Fortune" IN Gaiman, The Sandman: The Doll's House (New York, 1995), pp. 114-138.

1389. The White Horse Tavern. "Third poll tax in three years...Ball and Tyler were killed..." (p. 115). Geoffrey Chaucer. Hob meets Dream.

1489. The Tavern. Second meeting. Chimneys, handkerchiefs, playing-cards, printing.

1589. The Tavern. Third meeting. Christopher Marlowe. William Shakespeare. "This is what I always dreamed heaven would be like, way back. It's safe to walk the streets. Enough food, and good wine." (p. 125)

1689. The Tavern. Fourth meeting. "...make more on their poor dole than they would for honest work..." (p. 128). Civil War. Conversation overheard.

1789. The Tavern. Fifth meeting. The slave trade. Revolutions. Lady Johanna Constantine tries to trap the Devil and the Wandering Jew.

1889. Another tavern. Sixth meeting. Bloody Jack.

1989. A modern bar. Seventh meeting of two old friends. "Thatcher's bloody poll tax...the Miner's Strike...AIDS...make more on the dole than they would from an honest day's work..." (p. 138)

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