Esoteric London

No. 553: Astey’s Row, N1

Posted in Graffiti, Literary London by esotericlondon on April 11, 2012

Astey’s Row, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

From The String of Pearls the original ‘Penny Dreadful’ featuring Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 1846/47:

The day is drawing to a close, and a small drizzling kind of rain is falling, so that there are not many passengers in the streets, and Sweeney Todd is sitting in his shop looking keenly in the face of a boy, who stands in an attitude of trembling subjection before him.
‘You will remember,’ said Sweeney Todd, and he gave his countenance a most horrible twist as he spoke, ‘you will remember, Tobias Ragg, that you are now my apprentice, that you have of me had board, washing, and lodging, with the exception that you don’t sleep here, that you take your meals at home, and that your mother, Mrs Ragg, does your washing, which she may very well do, being a laundress in the Temple, and making no end of money: as for lodging, you lodge here, you know, very comfortably in the shop all day. Now, are you not a happy dog?’

[ The whole of the text from which the above extract is taken can be read at by clicking here. R.D.]

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