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The story thus far...
    Grace and Simon, two teenage tearaways, have managed to lock themselves in a derelict theatre in Reality (they live in Allegory), by entering a box or cabinet of some sort in the basement of The tré (Otterstow's small theatre). Ignatius (the mayor) suspects this is the case and has enlisted the aid of the parents (Slide, Sandra, Pete and Gina). They have been unable to open the box as of yet and Ignatius is trying to find out if they can legally enlist the aid of others who might be able to and if it is legal to even enter Reality.

What's going on right now:
    Liza PrIgel was a friend with Ignatius' parents. Thus, Ignatius feels they (his parents) may have mentioned to Liza how to open the cabinet in the basement of The tré. He wants to make a trip to Trinova to ask her about it. Pete and Sandra insist, very sensibly, that they call her (Liza) immediately. In response, Ignatius is summoning Johnny PrIgel, Liza's son, who still lives in Otterstow.

About the page...
    It's 18 years ago (again - see pp 50-54) when Pete was arriving in Otterstow (which we already knew) and Liza PrIgel was leaving for Trinova. Here we see them crossing paths, with Pete on a narrowboat and Liza sipping tea on the train. A "dog" is a telephone, which comes from rhyming slang; "Dog and bone" = "'phone". Show of hands - how many people knew that?

    Once again, I recycled the map drawing. Shame, shame.

Drawing completed - 29 OCT 2010
Drawing posted - 29 OCT 2010

20 JUNE 2001 Wednesday - 2000
Page 79
Black Kettle Pub

   "Then let's give 'er a ring on the dog, right now," Pete suggested. "Why wait?"

   "You didn't know Liza very well, did you?" asked Ignatius.

   "No, honestly," Pete admitted. "I was leavin' Big Smoke just when she was movin' there. Tradin' places, sorta thing. But what's it hafta do wif givin' 'er a ring?"

   Sandra was losing her patience. "Look, with all due respect, our children could be in mortal peril and you're pussyfooting around. Pete's right - let's just give her a ring."

   "As you wish," Ignatius conceded. He turned to the bar. "Johnny? Johnny PrIgel, could you come here for a minute?"
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