Monday, November 05, 2007

Guy Fawkes Day

Most of us here in the U.S. don't know very much about GUY FAWKES or Guy Gawkes Day but since we here at Star-Crossed represent authors beyond the U.S. (and how great is it that we're International? :D), we thought we'd do a little something for the Guy.

I'll be the first to note that, while I've heard of Guy Fawkes, I'm not totally up on the subject. So I did a little Google-booking and found this site

The Everyday Book

which has an old article on the subject. Here's some of what it has to say (taken directly from site):

"It is not to be expected that poor boys should be well informed as to Guy's history, or be particular about his costume. With them "Guy Fawkes-day," or, as they as often call it, " Pope-day," is a holiday, and as they reckon their year by their holidays, this, on account of its festivous enjoyment, is the greatest holiday of the season. They prepare long before hand, not " Guy," but the fuel wherewith he is to be burnt, and the fireworks to fling about at the burning: "the Guy" is the last thing thought of, "the bonfire" the first. About this time ill U sure to betide the owner of an ill-secured fence ; stakes are extracted from hedges,anH .ranches tern from trees; crack, crack, goes loose paling ; deserted buildings yield up their floorings ; unbolted flip-Happing doors are released from their hinges as supernumeraries ; and more burnables are deemed lawful prize than the law allows. These are secretly stored in some enclosed place, which other " collectors " cannot find, or dare not venture to invade. Then comes the making of" the Guy," which is easily done with straw, after the materials of dress are obtained : these are an old coat, waistcoat, breeches, and stockings, w hich usually as ill accord in their proportions and fitness, as the parts in some of thé new churches. His hose and coat arc frequently "a world too wide;" in such cases his legs are infinitely too big, and the coat is " hung like a loose sack about him." A barber's block for the head is "the very thing itself;" chalk and charcoal make capital eyes and brows, which are the main features, inasmuch as the chin commonly drops upon the breast, and all deficiencies are hid by " buttoning up :" a large wig is a capital achievement. Formerly an old cocked hat was the reigning fashion for a " Guy ;" though the more strictly informed "dresser of the character" preferred a mock-mitre; now, however, both hat and mitre have disappeared, and a stiff paper cap painted, and knotted with paper strips, in imitation of ribbon, is its substitute ; a frill and ruffles of writing-paper so far completes the figure. Yet this neither was not, nor is, a Guy, without a dark lantern in one hand, and a spread bunch of matches in the other. The figure thus furnished, and fastened in a chair, is carried about the streets in the manner represented in the engraving ; the boys shouting forth the words of the motto with loud huzzas, and running up to passengers hat in hand, with " pray remember Guy ! please to remember Guy
Loading...Loading...1431 THE EVERY-DAY BOOK.-NOVEMBER 5. 1433

It's a very interesting article so those with an interest might want to check it out. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you've a picket fence, you might want to keep a wary eye on it :D

-- Lynda

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