"on the black water" (U18.780)
"but it was too short then the day before he left May yes it was May when the infant king of Spain was born Im always like that in the spring Id like a new fellow every year up on the tiptop under the rockgun near OHaras tower I told him it was struck by lightning" (U18.780)
Molly is correct. Alfonso XIII of Spain, seen here as an adult with his wife and new baby, was born May 17th 1886. The birth (and sex of the baby) were anxiously awaited as his father Alfonso XII had died, and the royal couple had 2 daughters. Alfonso XIII was proclaimed King at his birth, and thus never held the Spanish title given to the heir (Infante, or Prince of Asturias). He reigned 1886 - 1931.
"and all about the old Barbary apes they sent to Clapham without a tail careering all over the show on each others back" (U18.784)
Though commonly referred to as the 'Barbary Ape', the Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus species) is a monkey, but with just a stub of a tail. It is yellowish-brown to grey with lighter undersides, with a dark pink face. Its front limbs are longer than its hind limbs. It grows to a maximum size of 75 cm (30 in) and 13 kg (29 lb). Females are somewhat smaller than males. It feeds mostly on leaves, roots, and fruit. It peacefully co-exists with other primates. It is a gregarious monkey, forming mixed groups of several females and males; the troop (10-30 individuals) is matriarchal. The males participate in rearing the young, and much time is spent playing and grooming.
The species is found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and in Gibraltar, and is one of the best-known Old World monkey species. Besides humans, it is the only primate that lives freely in Europe.
Some scientists believe the Barbary Macaque was first introduced to Gibraltar from North Africa by the Moors, who occupied southern Iberia between 711 and 1492. It is certain that the macaque population has been present on the The Rock long before Gibraltar became British in 1704, as they are mentioned In 1610 by Portillo.
The Barbary Macaque population in Gibraltar is nowadays thriving (some 230 animals), unlike that of North Africa. It is considered Gibraltar's unofficial national animal. Locals refer to them as 'monos' (=monkeys).
"Mrs Rubio said she was a regular old rock scorpion robbing the chickens out of Inces farm and throw stones at you if you went anear" (U18.785)
"he was looking at me I had that white blouse on open in the front to encourage him as much as I could without too openly they were just beginning to be plump I said I was tired we lay over the firtree cove a wild place" (U18.787)
"it must be the highest rock in existence the galleries" (U18.790)
"and casemates and those frightful rocks" (U18.791)
"and Saint Michaels cave with the icicles or whatever they call them hanging down and ladders all the mud plotching my boots" (U18.791)
"Im sure thats the way down the monkeys go under the sea to Africa when they die the ships out far like chips that was the Malta boat passing yes the sea and the sky you could do what you liked lie there for ever he caressed them outside they love doing that its the roundness there I was leaning over him with my white rice straw hat to take the newness out of it" (U18.793)
A popular belief holds that that Gibraltar is linked to Africa by a subterranean passage over 15 miles (24 km) long which begins at Lower St. Michael's Cave and passes under the Strait of Gibraltar; presumably this is the way the Barbary Macaques entered The Rock from Morocco.
"the left side of my face the best my blouse open for his last day transparent kind of shirt he had I could see his chest pink he wanted to touch mine with his for a moment but I wouldnt lee him he was awfully put out first for fear you never know consumption or leave me with a child embarazada that old servant Ines told me that one drop even if it got into you at all" (U18.798)
"after I tried with the Banana but I was afraid it might break and get lost up in me somewhere because they once took something down out of a woman that was up there for years covered with limesalts" (U18.803)
"theyre all mad to get in there where they come out of you'd think they could never go far enough up and then theyre done with you in a way till the next time yes because theres a wonderful feeling there so tender all the time how did we finish it off yes O yes I pulled him off into my handkerchief pretending not to be excited but I opened my legs I wouldnt let him touch me inside my petticoat because I had a skirt opening up the side I tormented the life out of him first tickling him" (U18.806)
"I loved rousing that dog in the hotel rrrsssstt awokwokawok his eyes shut and a bird flying below us he was shy all the same I liked him like that moaning I made him blush a little when I got over him that way when I unbuttoned him and took his out and drew back the skin it had a kind of eye in it theyre all" (U18.812)
"Buttons men down the middle on the wrong side of them Molly darling he called me what was his name Jack Joe Harry Mulvey was it yes I think a lieutenant he was rather fair he had a laughing kind of a voice so I went round to the whatyoucallit everything was whatyoucallit moustache had he he said he'd come back Lord its just like yesterday to me and if I was married hed do it to me and I promised him yes faithfully Id let him block me now flying perhaps hes dead or killed or a captain or admiral" (U18.815)
A 19c. CDV of an officer in Gibraltar. OK, I'm imagining it may be Mulvey, but the place, the time, the blond boyish features fit nicely. The wrong-sided buttons are from a woman's perspective.
"its nearly 20 years if I said firtree cove he would if he came up behind me and put his hands over my eyes to guess who I might recognise him hes young still about 40 perhaps hes married some girl on the black water and is quite changed they all do they havent half the character a woman has she little knows what I did with her beloved husband before he ever dreamt of her in broad daylight too in the sight of the whole world you might say they could have put an article about it in the Chronicle I was a bit wild after when I blew out the old bag the biscuits were in from Benady Bros and exploded it Lord what a bang all the woodcocks and pigeons screaming coming back the same way that we went over middle hill round by the old guardhouse and the jews burialplace pretending to read out the Hebrew on them I wanted to fire his pistol he said he hadnt one he didnt know what to make of me with his peak cap on that he always wore crooked as often as I settled it straight H M S Calypso swinging my hat" (U18.823)