"The Bedfordshire Clanger."
Returning to the very successful Uncle Silas character after ten years, Bates has Silas regaling his young nephew with a typical tall tale, this one involving a buxom landlady and poor grub, a pudding that is "hard as a hog's back" called the Bedfordshire Clanger, and a conclusion in which Silas keeps the landlady warm, "half-starve naked...in her nightshirt" and from then on is "never in want fur the nicest bit o' pudden in the world." A dramatization was apparently performed in Manchester, although no date or further information has been discovered. In Argosy (September 1949), Colonel Julian and Other Stories (1951), Sugar for the Horse (1957), The Best of H.E. Bates (1980).
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