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« on: 26 February 2005, 20:17:00 »

These creative bits of doggerel are commonly heard daily on the streets of the Santharian capital, New Santhala.
Particularly in the large and crowded markets where vendors' stalls jostle each other for room and the vendors themselves must compete for passerbys' attention, a chant or even a sing-song cry will attract more eyes, and possibly increase sales - at least, this is the theory behind most market chants...    Listen and judge for yourself!


"Buy my fine fla'ars, buy my fine fla'ars,
Ladies and lovers, buy my fine fla'aars!
Lords, lads and lasses, buy my fine fla'aaaars!"


(non-stop, variations on the following)   "Need a cut o' meat for the table, for the table,
need a roast, need a slice, buy a chop,
come on here, bring 'em in, got the coin,
lay it down, lay it down, here's a cut, here's a hock, here's a slice, ain't it nice?  
Need a good taenish for the pot tonight?  
Here's a garthook on the hook, here's a duck out o' luck,
here's lamb, here's goat, here's venison too,
have a bite tonight!  Take a look, smell it cook,
just a coin in my hand, put it down, lay it down...."


(punctuated by rhythmic clangs as she mends a kettle)

"Oh, I've (clang) a pot (clang) that needs (clang) a lot (clang)
Of taps (clang) and bangs (clang) ta make (clang) it new! (clang)
So come (clang) me friends (clang) and bring (clang) yer ends (clang)
of pots (clang) and pans (clang) I'll fix (clang) fer you! (clang)..."


"FrrrrrrrESH fish...  FrrrrrrESH fish!   Me fish are fresher than a clerk's howde'ye'do!  
Me fish are finer than th' lace on a lady's smallclothes!  
Me fish are tastier than Moll Lightlove's lips, and cheaper than Moll's  ...."  (interrupted by laughter)
"Well, anyhow, me fish are fine an' fresh an' straight from the sea this early mornin',
so if yer don't buy 'em now t'won't be me fault yer missing the best dinner this side o' the Mithrals...  


"Bread, bread, fresh-baked bread,
A copper a loaf, a copper a head...."


"Shoes and boots with dirty great holes?
Bring 'em to me, I'll save yer soles!"

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 3/5/05 10:51

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