By slipping into various of the dwellings at night when all the occupants had returned home, Poppy slowly began to understand about this other football. The great glass panels on their walls showed moving stories, like in the travelling picture house, but with sounds accompanying the actions. On these screens, some of the families watched games of football, played by teams of men in matching uniforms, before vast crowds of onlookers. From the conversations in the households, and from the passages Poppy caught sight of in the newspapers delivered to the families, she learned that men who played this football were paid sums of money greater than she could imagine. In a year, they earned more than she thought a mill owner might have earned in ten. No wonder the footballer could not only afford to keep both a wife and a mistress, but could provide such luxuries for his mistress as Poppy had seen on the topmost floor of the mill. Yet the footballer’s mistress had not taken up residence in her new home. Poppy found herself pondering more with each day that passed what woman would allow herself to be so used, and yet not take advantage of her lover’s gifts.
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A SERIES OF ORDINARY ADVENTURES:
A wander down a country pathway, a cruise vacation in the Mediterranean, a school reunion, a sandwich eaten in the park – in the stories of Stevie Carroll, the mundane becomes tantalizingly magical. A footballer’s mistress gets more than just an apartment when her lover tries to keep her in style; a rock-and-roll bass player finds out that second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be; something sinister lurks beneath the trappings of a travelling carnival.
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