Walk don’t jig

Tallis Steelyard is a Master People Watcher 😃

Tallis Steelyard


Whenever I have time I like to loiter in one of the city’s markets and just watch the people going about their business. Let us just look at the scene here at the Ropewalk Market.

The first person you notice is Squeezebox Lil. Whilst she might appear unprepossessing, you can hear her across the hubbub of the market. She sits there with her squeezebox apparently playing to herself. Sometimes people will drop coins into her lap.

As a young woman Squeezebox Lil followed her husband (or at least the man she was living with) down into Partann when he went for a soldier.

Ten years and three children later her husband died but Lil stayed on with the soldiers as a nurse, the men of the condotta paying for her out of company funds. Finally when the condotta was dissolved she made her own way back to Port Naain.


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