We were in bed early and I did not return the girls to the dance that took place on the Common that evening.
The next morning we rose and dressed and returned to the fair.
tinsmith's shop and told him that I must have the vasculum with the leather strap and that he could charge me what he saw fit for it. We came to an agreement and I carried my new possession away with me on my shoulder.
About mid day, I took to the coffee house and had a drink with the Parson and Mr. Cooper. While we were talking Mrs. Cooper entered from the fair and scolded her husband about sitting idle in the coffee house, then, with a change of demeanor, requested money. Mr. Cooper took out his wallet and handed her a sum and she, being satisfied, departed.
Shortly thereafter, Jack Salt and the Captain's Daughter came in and took up near us and began to sing and play.
Mrs. Cooper shielded her face from the harsh, mid day sun with her parasol while we stood and talked.
Once we parted, I made for Cheapside, where I watched a show by a fellow who claimed the title of 'Professor', though I suspect it was a title he had giv'n himself. Much of his act was similar to feats performed by the Fakirs in India, he drove a long iron spike into his nasal cavity, spat fire, and laid on a bed of nails while a fellow from the crowd stood on his chest. He also performed a trick with a whip wherein he broke a stick held by a young woman plucked from the audience.
Rosie and Sophia sat on the front row, spellbound by the 'professor's' performance.
After the show, I was determined to finish my shopping, and got right to it...
All four of my girls with the 'junior militia'.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend, and I look forward to next year's event.
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