' The Ragman's Serenade tells the story of four families- one from North Shields and the other three from Wallsend. It is a story of relationships- The Davis family are up to their eyes in debt - The Stewart family have a daughter who has downs syndrome– The hagarths who’s husband owns a bookmakers shop and his wife is a midwife at the RVI- and the Higginbottom's have a father with the on set of Alzheimer's. How do they cope - read this fascinating story i'm sure you will enjoy.


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“This is what I’m saying Jenifer, I give you the money to buy the food so I have something to take to work for my bait.’

“Well you’ll just have to give me more; it obviously isn’t enough.’

 “I will not give you any more money and you won’t get anymore more house keeping money for food either. I will pay the bloody bills myself in future. That way at least they will get paid. ‘


“So now I’m not to be trusted with the money that comes into this house anymore.’

“Not until you can show me that the money isn’t being squandered.’

“Right then you can do your own bloody washing and ironing then because I’m not doing them. Two can play that bloody game. You’re a bloody tyrant Matty Davis that’s what you are.’ “Well the house can do to the dogs an aal because I’m not lifting a hand stir.’

“Fine, I do the vast majority of cleaning up in here anyway whilst you sleep in your bloody pit.’

“If you did what I did in a day you’d be on your knees.’

“Try doing my Job at the factory as well Jenifer. I mean you don’t work do you; and you never have ever since I met you.’

“I was going to get a job at Welch’s toffee factory before you got me pregnant.’

“You stopped taking the pill and never even told me so don’t lay that one on me Jenifer.’ Did you do it on purpose so that I’d have to marry you?’

“No I did not, Harry Gray wanted me you know; you weren’t the only one.’

They were lining themselves up for me they were before you came along.’

“I bet they bloody were but I was the bloody mug who married you wasn’t I.’

“Well you know what you can do about it don’t you.’

Yes,’ I bloody well do know, and I will Jenifer; I mean, take a look at yourself. Let’s see who lines themselves up for you now shall we.’

“I’ve had two children what do expect.’

“Well other women have children too and they haven’t let themselves go like you have.’

“Well they must have plenty money, a housemaid and go to the gym or health spa’s to keep their figures toned up.’ I’ll bet they’ve got no stretch marks to show for it either.’

“We could all look like these Hollywood stars if we had the cash they make.’

“There’s such a thing as pride though Jenifer come on.’

“You really know how to hurt a woman don’t you.’

“Oh don’t start with the water works Jenifer, it just doesn’t work any more.’

“Don’t worry I’m not going to cry; not over you. Anyway look at you; you’re going bald.’

“Where, I’m not going bald.’ Matty looked in the mirror on the cupboard door.

“Yes you are; you’d been receding for years.’

“It’s just a sign of maturity receding at the temples; some woman find that attractive.’

“Attractive my arse; you tell me a woman who would prefer a balding man to a man with a full head of hair?’

“I’m not bald or fat either.’ Playing for the Chirton Club football team has kept my body in good nick.’

“That’s a laugh; how many times have you been injured recently?’

“That’s part and parcel of the game Jenifer, players get injured.’

“Not every week they don’t.’

“Who says I get injured every week like?’

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