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ID
b63
Title
A Little War
Genre
Story
Page Count
8
Word Count
2570
Publisher
New Clarion
Publication Year
1933
Document Types
Comic Fiction
Uncollected Stories
Topics
Boyhood, Rushden

A humorous tale, in which a scuffle between two boys over an "ice-cornet" leads to a general melee involving their parents and neighbors. At the story's end, the boy's have come to a pleasant agreement, while the adults remain 'at war. Set in 'a communal courtyard, a playground and a gossiping place for a dozen families (which Bates must have experienced or at least seen growing up in Rushden), the story reflects the dialect and spirit of a working-class neighborhood. In Charles Wain: a Miscellany of Short Stories (1933), New Clarion (1933, iv, 79, pp. 6, 12).