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1878: Emily – The Corn Mother 10/52

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Jeremiah has been acting mighty strange these last couple of days. He’s always been a bit unpredictable when he’s drank some ale but this is different. His eyes seem wild and staring and he’s ranting and raving about how he shouldn’t have done it, how she’s visiting him in the night to torment him and fill him full of guilt.

He seems to mean Ms Jessop who lived in that cottage they went mob-handed to the other week and ended up burning down. They’ve not found her, although some of the menfolk tried looking. That’s just fuelled the rumours that she’s fled with the Devil or some such fanciful nonsense. I expect she just saw sense when she heard them coming and has thought better of returning to live amongst such folk as would so easily turn against her.

Hopefully things will settle down over the next week or so and he’ll get back to normal.


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