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ID
b1
Title
A Waddler
Genre
Story
Page Count
1
Word Count
760
Publisher
Manchester Guardian
Publication Year
1926
Document Types
Comic Fiction
Uncollected Stories

Bates's first published story, appearing in the Manchester Guardian, "whose perceptive literary editor Allan Monkhouse ran a back-page short story of about 1000 words every day of the week in that then great newspaper" (Blossoming World 24), is a village sketch with colorful dialogue. A man, criticised for his gait by his wife, is complimented on carrying his grief so well after her death: "I admire the way you walked there -- so straight and steady." He, "waddling more than ever, in his joy went home."

One of three early stories not selected for Bates's first collection (Day's End and Other Stories). In the Manchester Guardian (March 2, 1926).