Ergo they were unpresent at the prooving of the pie—the leaf-tippers were late, as per usual, so there was a cramp on the waterway. Some took to vaulting with bendystraws o're the spirouettes and weeples of the old city, scattering scentsless posies on the paddle peddlers and custardmongers below, who cried out for plummernickels and groats. Her Magicskey the Pearl of Croppinghamptonshire would not stand for it, and sat frumpish in the Great Sea of Motions, awashing the bunny banks and braes with her munificence, till every husk and ha'shell was capped and sized. The bares rapt themselves in bolts of moreen, and whootled as they often did at the sun flowering in the morning. “Where do angels come from?” they asked, and she answered them with signs and silent mouthings of mismembered words, which they took to mean: “Beneath the cabbage rolls and tunderbluffs, they rise with the old moon, dewey and bright as piper's eyes.” This was claimed by minsters from the puppets and scratched with reverends on mudflats and the bark of bookelms and taught to the old by the young. And when, after the long midway dreamabout, she found them still chantering of the circlet in the sky and the vine and Miss Terri, and all whirling widdershins with their arms abeek; she could only laugh and limper sidewise through the portcullis, followed by the carking bingoes and gandydancers, every one of which flubbed the jettys and twits by clomping heel first on the cobbles. General Panda moaning 'em in snoods, and the Pearl lost her loomin' cents. None of her varlints could find them for her, but peased her with candied bumbershoots in rime severed over a bed of plumes and pells with teetertots in sea sauce outside. And when the bed was made, Ninny Gulgowan scuppered through the ascot orchid searching for forbotten fruit. Then the tilters gave way to mummers, and gawkers shot melondrops through the balustrade till the stars were lit and the ladders slung and the transgration underway. Remainder one—the boy who lives in the piano, who played limericks and liltabyes for the tankards as they went toddlin' hame.