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ID
b236a
Title
"Queenie White."
Genre
Story
Page Count
12
Word Count
3200
Publisher
Argosy
Publication Year
1957
Document Types
Film & Television
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Uncle Silas Stories
Topics
Marriage

A married woman does a "bunk" from her husband ("a mean, maungy, jealous man") for a day with Uncle Silas; he recollects their day at the beach, her refusal to return home, their "vacation" for the "best part of a fortnit," and the inevitable confrontation with the husband. Attacking him "like a Irishman a-mowin' into a forty-acre field o' barley...and then when it wur all over she picked 'im up and dragged 'im off like a rabbit skin," Queenie "wur a free woman arter that. She wur boss arter that." Silas's advice in the end is "Mek the most on it while you can, boy...Take a tip from Silas--mek the most on it while you can." A television adaptation starring Albert Finney was aired in 2001. In Argosy (January 1957), Sugar for the Horse (1957), H.E. Bates (1975).