Drifting in and out of recurring memories, Carver attempts to find affirmation in a life dominated by brutality and rage and only dimly penetrated by his imagined relationship with Angie, the "angelic" daughter of his friend, Mopstick
Memories would be heightened as young wenches skipped over a clothes line strung between two lamp posts; as jack stones tumbled in the air; as fire cans swung redly; as polly was launched on the mopstick
; as sheep were urged to come over; and as cries of 'ackey one two three' called out hither and thither.
The Quick Change[TM] Mopstick
with "Green" Firm-Grip[TM] Metal Handle features:
Vathek author William Beckford's burlesque of women's writing of the 1790s, Azemia: A Descriptive and Sentimental Novel (1797), mocks Smith's form, as well as the practice of publishing sonnets in novels by having pensive heroines extemporaneously compose them, with "Elegiac Sonnet to a Mopstick
," 2 vols.
There is a useful glossary at the end of the book explaining for the uninitiated the mysteries of such things as Prell-mechanik and mopstick