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We just managed to carry the thing, proud as punch we were, down to the harbour. Half the village was there. It had got around, as good and bad always does in tight communities, that our catch had been as near blank as made no diﬀerence. We were jeered and cheered all the way to the end of the jetty, the entrance to the harbour. There was still plenty of life in our 12 congers. They were handled into the crate as though they were ‘man-eaters’. Having been weighted, the crate was lowered, to the same jeers and cheers, and with a splendid splash disappeared for the night.
W i f e (smiling encouragingly): Yes, well done. Grosvenor Square? 1. w i f e: No, Joe, that’s wrong, it’s in . . (As she looks down the list of 54 Rungs of the ladder answers a child starts to cry oﬀ scene and she leaves. ) Cut to scene 23 Interior of b e r t j o h n s o n ’s house. Camera focuses on a mass of crockery which litters the ﬂoor. It pans to Bert who is sitting at the kitchen dresser which he has converted into a temporary sorting bay. He is sorting up the cards, quickly and conﬁdently.
He is sorting up the cards, quickly and conﬁdently. He comes to one he is not so certain about. b e r t: (talking to himself ): Jermyn Street. 1. He bangs the card and picks up the next. b e r t : Edgware Road. 2. 2. Except . .