English: Skirrid Inns noose

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Nobody knew why the old pauper had been hung, or who he had offended with his oratory.  Why, but yesterday his cheeks were full of colour as he blustered with his usual vigour, just as he had every week in recent memory.

He would stand upon a crate in Beggar’s Square and decry the city’s rulers, claiming that the end was nigh and that there was a conspiracy to keep this from the populace.  Rarely did he fail to miss an opportunity to vent his spleen, and folk were accustomed to hearing his diatribe as they went about their business.

So it was that many questioned who would want to hang him, and what he had said to incur their wrath.  Had the city’s rulers finally had enough of his nonsense?  Did he owe money to debtors?  What was his secret?

As his body swung on the rope strung over the rafters of a merchant’s house, numerous people crowded in and about to peer up at the corpse.  One old woman cackled with glee as she pointed up and screeched for people to look under his robes; he couldn’t have been long gone, for it was plain for all to see that he had blood in his pestle yet!


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35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using Stumbleupon.com, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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22 Responses to Orator

  1. Ha! Delightfully wicked! I love that everything about the old pauper was seen by someone else and that he remained as much ( if not more) of a spectacle dead as he was when he was alive.

  2. Lumdog says:

    His pestle just needed a mortar would be my guess. Interesting and well told mystery.

  3. Bianca says:

    You ask more than answer. I like it.

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  5. Draug419 says:

    Okay, I laughed (: Very interesting. Speculation abound!

  6. jannatwrites says:

    He sure was the talk of the town. And that last line…oh my!

  7. atrm61 says:

    A strange specimen-this beggar!Wonder what made them hang him-i& who “they” were?Fascinating tale:-)

  8. stankmeaner says:

    That was ending worthy of a Monty Python skit, well played

  9. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Blood in his pestle. hahaha I may try that line out sometime.

  10. That was quite the big finish;)

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