This popular delusion of the children is undoubtedly, in very large degree, due to their living about the Heath almost from conception. The Heath is a large open space of considerable extent, and their continuous running up and down it in their day plays, their night frolics, and their games of hide-and-go-seek, must inevitably beget habits of agreement and recognition to their own pantaloon figures. It is only natural that they should ascribe to these creatures the most fantastic and characteristic ideas. The most natural of these is a kind of symbolical character called a bloofer lady. This strictly so-called bloofer lady is said to resemble a young woman in a blouse, or short gown, and with her hair in a state of extreme disarray. She is supposed to be blind, and to be guided in her blank-ness by a deaf-mute. Our itinerant artists are now in residence in the neighborhood and work in the air by the light of an improvised lantern or by the light of a gleam of sunshine occasionally struck down by a cloud. They announce no lack of success, and for the first time the popular philosopher can count each stroke of the brush that inscribes an artists masterpiece of the bloofer lady on the scenery of the Heath. These sketches in black and white, by the way, are feared to constitute a trespass upon the province of the artists, for if any of the neighbourhood should be of a less happy nature than the rest, he may think himself justified in approaching the Artists Club in order to make inquiry respecting their rights.
Miss Lily is, by common consent, the greatest wit of the neighbourhood. In the attacks made upon her we shall see the source of a half-dozen terms used not only to indicate abominable conduct, but for countless lower forms of vulgar abuse. Miss Lily has, we believe, only once fainted, owing to the effect of some previous exertion, and on that occasion she was so affected as to drop the wheelbarrow she was pushing. We are told by those who look upon the enterprise of her tour, and know all the circumstances connected with it, that she merely walked to the nearest house to obtain a glass of water. d2c66b5586