" But Cissy Caffrey told baby Boardman to look up, look up high at her finger and she snatched the ball quickly and threw it along the sand and Tommy after it in full career, having won the day." (U13.253)
"- Anything for a quiet life, laughed Ciss.
And she tickled tiny tot's two cheeks to make him forget and played here's the lord mayor, here's his two horses, here's his gingerbread carriage and here he walks in," (U13.256)
"chinchopper, chinchopper, chinchopper chin. But Edy got as cross as two sticks about him getting his own way like that from everyone always petting him." (U13.259)
"- I'd like to give him something, she said, so I would, where I won't say.
- On the beeoteetom, laughed Cissy merrily.
Gerty MacDowell bent down her head and crimsoned at the idea of Cissy saying an unladylike thing like that out loud she'd be ashamed of her life to say, flushing a deep rosy red, and Edy Boardman said she was sure the gentleman opposite heard what she said. But not a pin cared Ciss.
- Let him! she said with a pert toss of her head and a piquant tilt of her nose. Give it to him too on the same place as quick as I'd look at him." (U13.262)
"Madcap Ciss with her golliwog curls. You had to laugh at her sometimes. For instance when she asked you would you have some more Chinese tea and jaspberry ram and when she drew the jugs too and the men's faces on her nails with red ink make you split your sides or when she wanted to go where you know she said she wanted to run and pay a visit to the Miss White. That was just like Cissycums." (U13.270)
"O, and will you ever forget the evening she dressed up in her father's suit and hat" (U13.275)
Period actress Vesta Tilley (1864 - 1952), dressed as a man. She was the most famous and best paid music hall male impersonator of her day. Her roles had a slightly mocking edge that made her very popular with working class men. She was wildly popular among women as well, who viewed her as a symbol of independence. One of her songs was 'The Seaside Girls.'
"and the burned cork moustache and walked down Tritonville road, smoking a cigarette. There was none to come up to her for fun. But she was sincerity itself, one of the bravest and truest hearts heaven ever made, not one of your twofaced things, too sweet to be wholesome." (U13.276)
"And then there came out upon the air the sound of voices and the pealing anthem of the organ. It was the men's temperance retreat conducted by the missioner, the reverend John Hughes S.J., rosary, sermon and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament." (U13.281)
"They were there gathered together without distinction of social class (and a most edifying spectacle it was to see) in that simple fane beside the waves, after the storms of this weary world," (U13.284)
"reciting the litany of Our Lady of Loreto, beseeching her to intercede for them, the old familiar words, holy Mary, holy virgin of virgins. How sad to poor Gerty's ears!" (U13.287)
"kneeling before the feet of the immaculate," (U13.287)
"Had her father only avoided the clutches of the demon drink, by taking the pledge" (U13.290)"
"or those powders the drink habit cured in Pearson's Weekly, she might now be rolling in her carriage, second to none." (U13.291)
Such ads were common in the press of the time. Here an example indeed from Pearson's (1905)
and another from M.A.P. (1901)
"Over and over had she told herself that as she mused by the dying embers in a brown study without the lamp because she hated two lights or oftentimes gazing out of the window dreamily by the hour at the rain falling on the rusty bucket, thinking." (U13.292)
"But that vile decoction which has ruined so many hearths and homes had cast its shadow over her childhood days. Nay, she had even witnessed in the home circle deeds of violence caused by intemperance and had seen her own father, a prey to the fumes of intoxication, forget himself completely" (U13.296)