KIPLING'S SUSSEX - online book

An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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echoes of a vanished world and of other cen­turies, and his years and humour have raised him to the position of an absolute autocrat in his own department. He has many stories of bygone days, and it is a pleasure to hear the antiquated words and phrases he employs in the telling of them. Many a word which when found in Shakespeare is rudely classed by annotators as " obsolete " are common in the cottage homes of Sussex.
My friend does not appear to be cutting and laying the hedge in the usual way, but, with a long-handled hack-hook, he chops off the loose and untidy branches. This, he tells me, is called pleaching, an operation evidently well known to Shakespeare, and we recall such lines as :
" Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart, Unpruned dies ; her hedges even pleached, Like prisoners wildly overgrown with hair, Put forth disordered twigs."
(Henry V., Act V., sc. 2.)
" I reckon you are giving work a miss this grand morning and having a miche round," is one of his first observations. This recalls a well-known passage of Shakespeare when Prince Hal turning to Falstaff asks, " Shall the blessed sun of
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