When they reached the house in Harley-street the gentleman took a most affectionate farewell of Stephen, urging him not to feel sad at this parting and reminding him that they would meet again that very night at Lost-hope. “…when a most charming ceremony will be held in the belfry of the Easternmost Tower. It commemorates an occasion which happened – oh! five children of my enemy and we pushed them out of the belfry to their deaths. Tonight we will re-enact this great triumph! We will dress straw dolls in the children’s blood-stained clothes and fling them down on to the paving stones and then we will sing and dance and rejoice over their destruction!”
“And do you perform this ceremony every year, sir? I feel sure I could have remembered it if I had seen it before. It is so very…striking.”
“I am glad you think so. I perform it whenever I think of it. Of course it was a great deal more striking when we used real children.”
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
I’m finally able to get back to blogging more regularly. Still plodding through Susanna Clarke’s unforgivably long Hugo.