Notes on the text
These notes, by Alastair Wilson, are partly new, and partly based on the notes on this tale in the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of The Day's Work, as published and frequently reprinted between 1898 and 1950.
|Chukkers Played||Pony||Description||Colour||Rider||Place in team|
|3 and 6||Bamboo||Largest pony of the twelve|| ||Macnamara||2|
|2 and 5||Benami||Old and sullen, country-bred||Brown||Hughes||1|
|1 and 4||Corks||Short, high little fellow with tremendous hocks and no withers||Bay||Macnamara||2|
|2 and 5||Faiz Ullah||Handy, short-backed Arab with a long tail||Red||Macnamara||2|
|2 and 5||Grey Dawn||Arab||Grey||Lutyens||4 (back)|
|1 and 4||Kittiwynk||Mare, aged||Mouse-coloured||Hughes||1|
|3 and 6||Maltese Cat||Flea-bitten grey||Grey||Lutyens||4 (back)|
|1 and 4||Polaris||Heavy shouldered||Grey||Powell||3|
|2 and 5||The Rabbit||Plain country-bred with mulish ears||Bay||Powell||3|
|3 and 6||Shikast||Little rat||Grey||Powell||3|
|1 and 4||Shiraz||Syrian||Grey, black nose||Lutyens||4 (back)|
|3 and 6||Who’s Who||alias “The Animal|| ||Hughes||1|
She was poor but she was honest, victim of the squire’s whim.Since then it has been vulgarised many times and in many forms. But the phrase has passed into English usage for a person or persons who is, or are, virtuous but unremarkable. This is the usage here. (Cf also, Kipling’s poem "Poor Honest Men", where the phrase is used ironically.)
First he loved her, then he left her, and she lost her honest name.
Every member of the ForceLike so many music hall songs, the lyrics were banal in the extreme, though it is a good catchy tune – one which would have all the errand boys whistling. But it also illustrated a feature of life when very few people, other than the well-to-do, would carry a watch (and when wrist-watches were scarcely thought of). In the absence of a public clock, and when our policemen were more frequently seen on the beat than they are today, it was quite customary to find the nearest policeman to ask him what time it was.
Has a watch and chain of course.
If you want to know the time, ask a p’liceman.