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… ‘Hai!’ shouted Cattiwow, and brought his dreadful whip down across Sailor’s loins with the crack of a shotgun. The horse almost screamed as he pulled that extra ounce which he did not know was in him. The thin end of the log left the dirt and rasped on dry gravel …


This is from the introduction to “Simple Simon” in Rewards and Fairies, and describes a timber team in the woods struggling to pull a recalcitrant log out of the ground.

As Simon Cheynies goes on to say, ‘I reckon every man born of woman has his log to shift in the world’.