"The door of Ruttledge's office creaked again. Davy Stephens, minute in a large capecoat, a small felt hat crowning his ringlets, passed out with a roll of papers under his cape, a king's courier." (U7.28)

Davy Stephens was, for more than 50 years, a 'newsagent' in Kingstown, a busy location because of the mailboats and railway station; he left only to attend the Epsom Derby every year.