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Clasics in Ñspel: Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 56

Sonit 56: Swīt luv, rny ɖî fors; b it nt sd

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

 

Swīt luv, rny ɖî fors; b it nt sd
Ɖî éj śd bluntr b ɖn aṗtît,
Ẃć bt tde bî fīdñ z aleid,
Tmoro śarpnd in hiz formr mît:
So, luv, b ɖǎ, olɖo tde ɖǎ fil
Ɖî hungri îz, īvn tl ɖe wnc wɖ flnis,
Tmoro si agn, n d nt cil
Ɖ spirit v luv, wɖ a ppćl dulnis.
Let ɖs sad inṭrim lîc ɖ ośn b
Ẃć parts ɖ śor, ẃr tū cntractd ny
Cm dêli t ɖ bancs, ɖt ẃn ɖe si
Rtrn v luv, mor blest me b ɖ vy;
Az cōl it wintr, ẃć biyñ fl v cer,
Mcs sumr’z welcm,

ʈrîs mor wśt, mor rer.

 

Clasics in Ñspel: PETER PAN by J M Barrie – Chapter 11

“Lisn, ɖen,” sd Wndi, seṭlñ dǎn t hr stori, wɖ Mîcl at hr fīt n sevn bôz in ɖ bed. “Ɖr wz wns a jntlmn—”

“I hd rɖr h hd bn a ledi,” Crli sd.

“I wś h hd bn a ẃît rat,” sd Nibz.

“Qayt,” ɖer muɖr admoniśt ɖm. “Ɖr wz a ledi olso, n—”

“Ǒ, mumi,” craid ɖ frst twin, “y mīn ɖt ɖr z a ledi olso, d’nt y? Ś z nt ded, z ś?”

“Ǒ, No.”

“I am ōḟli glad ś z’nt ded,” sd Tūtlz. “R y glad, Jon?”

“V cors I am.”

“R y glad, Nibz?”

“Rɖr.”

“R y glad, Twinz?”

“W r glad.”

“Ǒ dir,” said Wndi.

“Litl les nôz ɖr,” Pītr cōld ǎt, dtrmind ɖt ś śd hv fer ple, hvr bīstli a stori it mt b in hiz opińn.

“Ɖ jntlmn’z nem,” Wndi cntinyd, “wz Mr Darlñ, n hr nem wz Msz Darlñ.”

“I ń ɖm,” Jon sd, t anô ɖ uɖrz.

“I ʈnc I ń ɖm,” sd Mîcl rɖr dǎtḟli.

“Ɖe wr marid, y nǒ,” xplend Wndi, “n ẃt d y ʈnc ɖe hd?”

“Ẃît rats,” craid Nibz, inspîrd.

“No.”

“It’s ōḟli puẓlñ,” sd Tūtlz, hu ń ɖ stori bî hart.

“Qayt, Tūtlz. Ɖe hd ʈri dsndnts.”

“Ẃt z dsndnts?”

“Wel, y r wn, Twin.”

“Dd y hír ɖt, Jon? I am a dsndnt.”

“Dsndnts r onli ćildṛn,” sd Jon.

“Ǒ dir, ǒ dir,” said Wndi. “Nǎ ɖz ʈri ćildṛn hd a feʈfl nrs cōld Nana; bt Mr Darlñ wz angri wɖ hr n ćend hr p in ɖ yard, n so ol ɖ ćildṛn flù awe.”

“It’s an ōḟli gd stori,” sd Nibz.

“Ɖe flù awe,” Wndi cntinyd, “t ɖ Neṿland, ẃr ɖ lost ćildṛn r.”

“I jst ʈt ɖe dd,” Crli brouc in xîtidli. “I d’nt nǒ hǎ it z, bt I jst ʈt ɖe dd!”

“O Wndi,” craid Tūtlz, “wz wn v ɖ lost ćildṛn cōld Tūtlz?”

“Yes, h wz.”

“I am in a stori. Hrā, I am in a stori, Nibz.”

“Huś. Nǎ I wont y t cnsidr ɖ fīlñz v ɖ unhapi peṛnts wɖ ol ɖer ćildṛn floun awe.”

“Oo!” ɖe ol mond, ɖo ɖe wr nt riyli cnsiḍrñ ɖ fīlñz v ɖ unhapi peṛnts wn jot.

“Ʈnc v ɖ emti bedz!”

“Oo!”

“It’s ōḟli sad,” ɖ frst twin sd ćirḟli.

“I d’nt si hǎ it cn hv a hapi endñ,” sd ɖ secnd twin. “D y, Nibz?”

“I’m frîtḟli añśs.”

“F y ń hǎ gret z a muɖr’z luv,” Wndi tld ɖm trîumfntli, “y wd hv no fir.” Ś hd nǎ cm t ɖ part ɖt Pītr hetd.

“I d lîc a muɖr’z luv,” sd Tūtlz, hitñ Nibz wɖ a pilo. “D y lîc a muɖr’z luv, Nibz?”

“I d jst,” sd Nibz, hitñ bac.

“Y si,” Wndi sd cmplesntli, “ǎr herǒin ń ɖt ɖ muɖr wd olwz līv ɖ windo opn fr hr ćildṛn t flî bac bî; so ɖe steid awe fr yirz n hd a luvli tîm.”

“Dd ɖe evr g bac?”

“Let s nǎ,” sd Wndi, bresñ hrslf p fr hr fînist eḟt, “tec a pīp intu ɖ fyćr;” n ɖe ol gev ɖmslvz ɖ twist ɖt mcs pīps intu ɖ fyćr īzịr. “Yirz hv rold bî, n hu z ɖs elignt ledi v unsrtn ej alîtñ at Lundn Steśn?”

“O Wndi, hu z ś?” craid Nibz, evri bit az xîtd az f h dd’nt nǒ.

“Cn it b—yes—no—it z—ɖ fer Wndi!”

“Ǒ!”

“N hu r ɖ tū nobl portli figrz acumṗniyñ hr, nǎ groun t man’z istet? Cn ɖe b Jon n Mîcl? Ɖe r!”

“Ǒ!”

“‘Si, dir bruɖrz,’ sz Wndi pôntñ upwdz, ‘ɖr z ɖ windo stl standñ opn. Ā, nǎ w r rwordd fr ǎr sblîm feʈ in a muɖr’z luv.’ So p ɖe flù t ɖer mumi n dadi, n pén canot dscrîb ɖ hapi sīn, ovr ẃć w drw a veil.”

Ɖt wz ɖ stori, n ɖe wr az plizd wɖ it az ɖ fer nretr hrslf. Evrʈñ jst az it śd b, y si. Of w scip lîc ɖ most hartlis ʈñz in ɖ wrld, ẃć z ẃt ćildṛn r, bt so atractiv; n w hv an intîrli slfiś tîm, n ɖen ẃn w hv nīd v speśl atnśn w nobli rtrn fr it, confidnt ɖt w śl b rwordd instd v smact.

So gret indd wz ɖer feʈ in a muɖr’z luv ɖt ɖe flt ɖe cd aford t b caḷs fr a bit longr.

Bt ɖr wz wn ɖr hu ń betr, n ẃn Wndi finiśt h utrd a holo gron.

“Ẃt z it, Pītr?” ś craid, runñ t him, ʈncñ h wz il. Ś flt him s’lisiṭsli, lowr dǎn ɖn hiz ćst. “Ẃr z it, Pītr?”

“It z’nt ɖt cnd v pen,” Pītr rplaid darcli.

“Ɖen ẃt cnd z it?”

“Wndi, y r roñ abt muɖrz.”

Ɖe ol gaɖrd rnd him in afrît, so alarmñ wz hiz ajteśn; n wɖ a fîn candr h tld ɖm ẃt h hd hiɖrtu cnsild.

“Loñ ago,” h sd, “I ʈt lîc y ɖt mî muɖr wd olwz cīp ɖ windo opn fr m, so I steid awe fr mūnz n mūnz n mūnz, n ɖen flù bac; bt ɖ windo wz bàrd, fr muɖr hd fgotn ol abt m, n ɖr wz anɖr litl bô slīpñ in mî bed.”

I am nt śr ɖt ɖs wz tru, bt Pītr ʈt it wz tru; n it scerd ɖm.

“R y śr muɖrz r lîc ɖt?”

“Yes.”

So ɖs wz ɖ truʈ abt muɖrz. Ɖ tǒdz!

Stl it z bst t b cerfl; n nwn nz so qcli az a ćîld ẃn h śd gv in. “Wndi, let s g hom,” craid Jon n Mîcl tgɖr.

“Yes,” ś sd, clućñ ɖm.

“Nt tnît?” asct ɖ lost bôz bwildrd. Ɖe ń in ẃt ɖe cōld ɖer harts ɖt wn cn gt on qt wel wɖt a muɖr, n ɖt it z onli ɖ muɖrz hu ʈnc y c’nt.

“At wns,” Wndi rplaid reẓlutli, fr ɖ hoṛbl ʈt hd cm t hr: “Phps muɖr z in haf mōrnñ bî ɖs tîm.”

Ɖs dred md hr fgetfl v ẃt mst b Pītr’z fīlñz, n ś sd t him rɖr śarpli, “Pītr, wl y mc ɖ nesṣri arenjmnts?”

“F y wś it,” h rplaid, az cūli az f ś hd asct him t pas ɖ nuts.

Nt so mć az a sori-t-lūz-y btwn ɖm! F ś dd nt mînd ɖ partñ, h wz gwñ t śo hr, wz Pītr, ɖt nɖr dd h.

Bt v cors h cerd vri mć; n h wz so fl v roʈ agnst groun-ups, hu, az yźl, wr spôlñ evrʈñ, ɖt az sn az h got insd hiz tri h briɖd intnśṇli qc śort breʈs at ɖ ret v abt fîv t a secnd. H dd ɖs bcz ɖr z a seyñ in ɖ Neṿland ɖt, evri tîm y briɖ, a groun-up dîz; n Pītr wz cilñ ɖm of vndictivli az fast az poṣbl.

Ɖen hvñ gvn ɖ nesṣri instrux́nz t ɖ redscinz h rtrnd t ɖ hom, ẃr an unwrɖi sīn hd bn inactd in hiz absns. Panic-stricn at ɖ ʈt v luzñ Wndi ɖ lost bôz hd advanst upn hr ʈreṭnñli.

“It wl b wrs ɖn bfr ś cem,” ɖe craid.

“W ś’nt let hr g.”

“Let’s cīp hr priznr.”

“Ai, ćen hr p.”

In hr xtreṃti an instñt tld hr t ẃć v ɖm t trn.

“Tūtlz,” ś craid, “I apil t y.”

Wz it nt strenj? Ś apild t Tūtlz, qt ɖ siliist wn.

Grandli, hvr, dd Tūtlz rspond. Fr ɖt wn momnt h dropt hiz silinis n spouc wɖ digṇti.

“I am jst Tūtlz,” h sd, “n nbdi mîndz m. Bt ɖ frst hu dz nt bhev t Wndi lîc an Ñgliś jntlmn I wl blud him svirli.”

H drù bac hiz hañr; n fr ɖt instnt hiz sún wz at nūn. Ɖ uɖrz hld bac unīẓli. Ɖen Pītr rtrnd, n ɖe sw at wns ɖt ɖe wd gt no s’port fṛm him. H wd cīp no grl in ɖ Neṿland agnst hr wl.

“Wndi,” h sd, strîdñ p n dǎn, “I hv asct ɖ redscinz t gîd y ʈru ɖ wŭd, az flayñ tîrz y so.”

“Ʈanc y, Pītr.”

“Ɖen,” h cntinyd, in ɖ śort śarp vôs v wn acustmd t b obeid, “Tncr Bel wl tec y acrs ɖ sī. Wec hr, Nibz.”

Nibz hd t noc twîs bfr h got an ansr, ɖo Tnc hd riyli bn sitñ p in bed liṣnñ fr sm tîm.

“Hu r y? Hǎ der y? G awe,” ś craid.

“Y r t gt p, Tnc,” Nibz cōld, “n tec Wndi on a jrni.”

V cors Tnc hd bn dlîtd t hír ɖt Wndi wz gwñ; bt ś wz joli wel dtrmind nt t b hr curịr, n ś sd so in stl mor ofnsiv lanḡj. Ɖen ś pritndd t b aslip agn.

“Ś sz ś w’nt!” Nibz xclemd, agast at sć insborḍneśn, ẃr’pn Pītr wnt strnli twd ɖ yuñ ledi’z ćembr.

“Tnc,” h rapt ǎt, “f y d’nt gt p n dres at wns I wl opn ɖ crtnz, n ɖen w śl ol si y in yr negligée.”

Ɖs md hr līp t ɖ flor. “Hu sd I wz’nt gtñ p?” ś craid.

In ɖ mntm ɖ bôz wr gezñ vri f’lornli at Wndi, nǎ iqipt wɖ Jon n Mîcl fr ɖ jrni. Bî ɖs tîm ɖe wr djctd, nt mirli bcz ɖe wr abt t lūz hr, bt olso bcz ɖe flt ɖt ś wz gwñ of t smʈñ nîs t ẃć ɖe hd nt bn invîtd. Novlti wz bec̣nñ t ɖm az yźl.

Creḍtñ ɖm wɖ a noblr fīlñ Wndi mltd.

“Dir wnz,” ś sd, “f y wl ol cm wɖ m I fīl olmst śr I cn gt mî faɖr n muɖr t adopt y.”

Ɖ invteśn wz mnt speṣ́li fr Pītr, bt ć v ɖ bôz wz ʈncñ xclusivli v himslf, n at wns ɖe jumt wɖ jô.

“Bt w’nt ɖe ʈnc s rɖr a hanfl?” Nibz asct in ɖ midl v hiz jump.

“Ǒ no,” sd Wndi, rapidli ʈncñ it ǎt, “it wl onli mīn hvñ a fy bedz in ɖ drw̃rūm; ɖe cn b hidn bhnd ɖ scrīnz on frst Ʈrzdez.”

“Pītr, cn w g?” ɖe ol craid implorñli. Ɖe tc it fr grantd ɖt f ɖe wnt h wd g olso, bt riyli ɖe scersli cerd. Ɖus ćildṛn r evr redi, ẃn novlti nocs, t dzrt ɖer dirist wnz.

“Ol rît,” Pītr rplaid wɖ a bitr smîl, n imīɉtli ɖe ruśt t gt ɖer ʈñz.

“N nǎ, Pītr,” Wndi sd, ʈncñ ś hd pt evrʈñ rît, “I am gwñ t gv y yr meḍsin bfr y g.” Ś luvd t gv ɖm meḍsin, n undǎtidli gev ɖm tù mć. V cors it wz onli wōtr, bt it wz ǎt v a botl, n ś olwz śc ɖ botl n cǎntd ɖ drops, ẃć gev it a srtn mdisinl qoḷti. On ɖs oceźn, hvr, ś dd nt gv Pītr hiz dráft, fr jst az ś hd priperd it, ś sw a lc on hiz fes ɖt md hr hart snc.

“Gt yr ʈñz, Pītr,” ś craid, śecñ.

“No,” h ansrd, pritndñ indifṛns, “I am nt gwñ wɖ y, Wndi.”

“Yes, Pītr.”

“No.”

T śo ɖt hr dparćr wd līv him unmuvd, h scipt p n dǎn ɖ rūm, pleyñ gêli on hiz hartlis pîps. Ś hd t run abt aftr him, ɖo it wz rɖr undigṇfaid.

“T fînd yr muɖr,” ś cǒxt.

Nǎ, f Pītr hd evr qt hd a muɖr, h no longr míst hr. H cd d vri wel wɖt wn. H hd ʈt ɖm ǎt, n rmembrd onli ɖer bad pônts.

“No, no,” h tld Wndi dsîsivli; “phps ś wd se I wz old, n I jst wont olwz t b a litl bô n t hv fun.”

“Bt, Pītr—”

“No.”

N so ɖ uɖrz hd t b tld.

“Pītr z’nt cmñ.”

Pītr nt cmñ! Ɖe gezd blancli at him, ɖer stics ovr ɖer bacs, n on ć stic a bundl. Ɖer frst ʈt wz ɖt f Pītr wz nt gwñ h hd probbli ćenjd hiz mînd abt letñ ɖm g.

Bt h wz far tù prǎd fr ɖt. “F y fînd yr muɖrz,” h sd darcli, “I hop y wl lîc ɖm.”

Ɖ ōfl siṇsizm v ɖs md an uncumftbl impreśn, n most v ɖm bgan t lc rɖr dǎtfl. Aftr ol, ɖer fesz sd, wr ɖe nt nūdlz t wont t g?

“Nǎ ɖen,” craid Pītr, “no fus, no bluḅrñ; gdbî, Wndi;” n h hld ǎt hiz hand ćiṛli, qt az f ɖe mst riyli g nǎ, fr h hd smʈñ importnt t d.

Ś hd t tec hiz hand, n ɖr wz no indceśn ɖt h wd prifŕ a ʈimbl.

“Y wl rmembr abt ćenjñ yr flanlz, Pītr?” ś sd, linġrñ ovr him. Ś wz olwz so ptiklr abt ɖer flanlz.

“Yes.”

“N y wl tec yr meḍsin?”

“Yes.”

Ɖt sīmd t b evrʈñ, n an ōcẉd pōz foloud. Pītr, hvr, wz nt ɖ cnd ɖt brecs dǎn bfr uɖr ppl. “R y redi, Tncr Bel?” h cōld ǎt.

“Ai, ai.”

“Ɖen līd ɖ we.”

Tnc dartd p ɖ nirist tri; bt nwn foloud hr, fr it wz at ɖs momnt ɖt ɖ pîṛts md ɖer dredfl atac upn ɖ redscinz. Abv, ẃr ol hd bn so stil, ɖ er wz rent wɖ śrīcz n ɖ claś v stīl. B’lo, ɖr wz ded sîḷns. Mǎɖz opnd n rmend opn. Wndi fél on hr niz, bt hr armz wr xtndd twd Pītr. Ol armz wr xtndd t him, az f sudnli bloun in hiz d’rex́n; ɖe wr bsićñ him ḿtli nt t dzrt ɖm. Az fr Pītr, h sizd hiz sord, ɖ sem h ʈt h hd slein Barḅk wɖ, n ɖ lust v batl wz in hiz î.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

Clasics in Ñspel: Not marble, nor the gilded monuments – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55

Sonit 55: Nt marbl, nr ɖ gíldd mońmnts

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

Nt marbl, nr ɖ gíldd mońmnts
V prinsz, śl ǎtliv ɖs pǎrfl rîm;
Bt y śl śîn mor brît in ɖz cntnts
Ɖn unswept ston,

bsmird wɖ slutiś tîm.

Ẃn westfl wor śl staćuz oṿtrn,
N brôlz rūt ǎt ɖ wrc v mesnri,
Nr Marz hiz sord,

nr wor’z qc fîr śl brn

Ɖ livñ record v yr meṃri.
’Gnst deʈ, n ol oblivịs enṃti
Śl y pes fʈ; yr prêz śl stl fînd rūm
Īvn in ɖ îz v ol psteṛti
Ɖt wer ɖs wrld ǎt t ɖ endñ dūm.
So, tl ɖ jujmnt ɖt yrslf arîz,
Y liv in ɖs, n dwel in luvrz’ îz.

Clasics in Ñspel: MCMXIV by Philip Larkin

Guardian, 4 November 2018 / 'Letters Home 1936-1977 by Philip Larkin, edited by James Booth – review' / Photo: Jane Brown

Filip Larcin

MCMXIV

Ɖoz loñ unīvn lînz
Standñ az peśntli
Az f ɖe wr strećt ǎtsd
Ɖ Ovl or Vila Parc,
Ɖ crǎnz v hats, ɖ sún
On mstaśt arcêic fesz
Grinñ az f it wr ol
An Ōġst Banchoḷde larc;

N ɖ śut śops, ɖ blīćt
Istabliśt nemz on ɖ súnblîndz,
Ɖ farɖñz n sovrinz,
N darc-cloɖd ćildṛn at ple
Cōld aftr cñz n qīnz,
Ɖ tin advrtismnts
Fr coco n twist, n ɖ pubz
Wîd opn ol de;

N ɖ cuntrisîd nt cerñ:
Ɖ plesnemz ol hezd ovr
Wɖ flǎrñ grasz, n fīldz
Śadowñ Dūmzde lînz
Undr ẃīt’s restlis sîḷns;
Ɖ difṛntli drest srvnts
Wɖ tîni rūmz in hyj hǎzz,
Ɖ dust bhnd liṃzīnz;

Nvr sć iṇsns,
Nvr bfr or sins,
Az ćenjd itslf t past
Wɖt a wrd – ɖ men
Līvñ ɖ gardnz tîdi,
Ɖ ʈǎzndz v maṛjz,
Lastñ a litl ẃl longr:
Nvr sć iṇsns agn.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

Clasics in Ñspel: PETER PAN by J M Barrie – Chapter 10

Wn importnt rzult v ɖ bruś on ɖ l’gūn wz ɖt it md ɖ redscinz ɖer frendz. Pītr hd sevd Tîgr Lili fṛm a dredfl fet, n nǎ ɖr wz nʈñ ś n hr brevz wd nt d fr him. Ol nît ɖe sat abv, cīpñ woć ovr ɖ hom undr ɖ grǎnd n awêtñ ɖ big atac bî ɖ pîṛts ẃć obvịsli cd nt b mć longr dleid. Īvn bî de ɖe huñ abt, smocñ ɖ pîp v pīs, n lcñ olmst az f ɖe wontd tit-bits t īt.

Ɖe cōld Pītr ɖ Gret Ẃît Faɖr, pṛstretñ ɖmslvz bfr him; n h lîct ɖs tṛmndsli, so ɖt it wz nt riyli gd fr him.

“Ɖ gret ẃît faɖr,” h wd se t ɖm in a vri lordli manr, az ɖe grovld at hiz fīt, “z glad t si ɖ Pic̣nini worịrz pṛtctñ hiz wigwam fṛm ɖ pîṛts.”

“M Tîgr Lili,” ɖt luvli crīćr wd rplî. “Pītr Pan sev m, m hiz veli nîs frend. M no let pîṛts hrt him.”

Ś wz far tù priti t crinj in ɖs we, bt Pītr ʈt it hiz dy, n h wd ansr condisndñli, “It z gd. Pītr Pan hz spocn.”

Olwz ẃn h sd, “Pītr Pan hz spocn,” it mnt ɖt ɖe mst nǎ śut p, n ɖe axptd it humbli in ɖt spirit; bt ɖe wr bî no mīnz so rspctfl t ɖ uɖr bôz, hūm ɖe lct upn az jst ordnri brevz. Ɖe sd “Hǎ d?” t ɖm, n ʈñz lîc ɖt; n ẃt anoid ɖ bôz wz ɖt Pītr sīmd t ʈnc ɖs olrît.

Sīcṛtli Wndi simṗʈîzd wɖ ɖm a litl, bt ś wz far tù loyl a hǎswîf t lisn t eni cmplents agnst faɖr. “Faɖr nz bst,” ś olwz sd, ẃtvr hr prîṿt opińn mst b. Hr prîṿt opińn wz ɖt ɖ redscinz śd nt cōl hr a sqw.

W hv nǎ rīćt ɖ īvnñ ɖt wz t b noun amñ ɖm az ɖ Nît v Nîts, bcz v its advnćrz n ɖer upśot. Ɖ de, az f qaytli gaɖ̇rñ its forsz, hd bn olmst univntfl, n nǎ ɖ redscinz in ɖer blancits wr at ɖer posts abv, ẃl, b’lo, ɖ ćildṛn wr hvñ ɖer īvnñ mīl; ol xpt Pītr, hu hd gn ǎt t gt ɖ tîm. Ɖ we y got ɖ tîm on ɖ îḷnd wz t fînd ɖ croc̣dîl, n ɖen ste nir him tl ɖ cloc struc.

Ɖ mīl hapnd t b a mc-b’liv ti, n ɖe sat arnd ɖ bōrd, guẓlñ in ɖer grīd; n riyli, ẃt wɖ ɖer ćatr n rcriṃneśnz, ɖ nôz, az Wndi sd, wz poztivli deḟnñ. T b śr, ś dd nt mînd nôz, bt ś simpli wd nt hv ɖm grabñ ʈñz, n ɖen xkzñ ɖmslvz bî seyñ ɖt Tūtlz hd pśt ɖer elbo. Ɖr wz a fixt rūl ɖt ɖe mst nvr hit bac at mīlz, bt śd rfŕ ɖ matr v dspyt t Wndi bî rezñ ɖ rît arm p’lîtli n seyñ, “I cmplen v so-n-so;” bt ẃt yẓ́li hapnd wz ɖt ɖe fgot t d ɖs or dd it tù mć.

“Sîḷns,” craid Wndi ẃn fr ɖ twentiiʈ tîm ś hd tld ɖm ɖt ɖe wr nt ol t spīc at wns. “Z yr mug emti, Slîtli darlñ?”

“Nt qt emti, mumi,” Slîtli sd, aftr lcñ intu an imajinri mug.

“H hz’nt īvn bgun t drinc hiz milc,” Nibz inṭpozd.

Ɖs wz telñ, n Slîtli sizd hiz ćans.

“I cmplen v Nibz,” h craid promtli.

Jon, hvr, hd hld p hiz hand frst.

“Wel, Jon?”

“Me I sit in Pītr’z ćer, az h z nt hir?”

“Sit in faɖr’z ćer, Jon!” Wndi wz scanḍlîzd. “Srtnli nt.”

“H z nt riyli ǎr faɖr,” Jon ansrd. “H dd’nt īvn nǒ hǎ a faɖr dz tl I śoud him.”

Ɖs wz grumḅlñ. “W cmplen v Jon,” craid ɖ twinz.

Tūtlz hld p hiz hand. H wz so mć ɖ humblist v ɖm, indd h wz ɖ onli humbl wn, ɖt Wndi wz speṣ́li jntl wɖ him.

“I d’nt s’poz,” Tūtlz sd difidntli, “ɖt I cd b faɖr.”

“No, Tūtlz.”

Wns Tūtlz bgan, ẃć wz nt vri ofn, h hd a sili we v gwñ on.

“Az I c’nt b faɖr,” h sd heṿli, “I d’nt s’poz, Mîcl, y wd let m b bebi?”

“No, I w’nt,” Mîcl rapt ǎt. H wz olrdi in hiz bascit.

“Az I c’nt b bebi,” Tūtlz sd, gtñ hevịr n hevịr n hevịr, “d y ʈnc I cd b a twin?”

“No, indd,” rplaid ɖ twinz; “it’s ōḟli dificlt t b a twin.”

“Az I c’nt b enʈñ importnt,” sd Tūtlz, “wd eni v y lîc t si m d a tric?”

“No,” ɖe ol rplaid.

Ɖen at last h stopt. “I hd’nt riyli eni hop,” h sd.

Ɖ hetfl telñ brouc ǎt agn.

“Slîtli z cofñ on ɖ tebl.”

“Ɖ twinz bgan wɖ ćīz cecs.”

“Crli z tecñ bʈ butr n huni.”

“Nibz z spīcñ wɖ hiz mǎʈ fl.”

“I cmplen v ɖ twinz.”

“I cmplen v Crli.”

“I cmplen v Nibz.”

“Ǒ dir, ǒ dir,” craid Wndi, “I’m śr I smtmz ʈnc ɖt spinstrz r t b envid.”

Ś tld ɖm t clir awe, n sat dǎn t hr wrcbascit, a hevi lod v stocñz n evri ni wɖ a houl in it az yźl.

“Wndi,” remnstretd Mîcl, “I’m tù big fr a credl.”

“I mst hv smbdi in a credl,” ś sd olmst tartli, “n y r ɖ liṭlist. A credl z sć a nîs homli ʈñ t hv abt a hǎs.”

Ẃl ś soud ɖe pleid arnd hr; sć a grūp v hapi fesz n dansñ limz lit p bî ɖt r’mantic fîr. It hd bcm a vri fmiłr sīn, ɖs, in ɖ hom undr ɖ grǎnd, bt w r lcñ on it fr ɖ last tîm.

Ɖr wz a step abv, n Wndi, y me b śr, wz ɖ frst t rec̣gnîz it.

“Ćildṛn, I hír yr faɖr’z step. H lîcs y t mīt him at ɖ dor.”

Abv, ɖ redscinz crǎćt bfr Pītr.

“Woć wel, brevz. I hv spocn.”

N ɖen, az so ofn bfr, ɖ ge ćildṛn dragd him fṛm hiz tri. Az so ofn bfr, bt nvr agn.

H hd bròt nuts fr ɖ bôz az wel az ɖ c’rect tîm fr Wndi.

“Pītr, y jst spôl ɖm, y nǒ,” Wndi simprd.

“Ā, old ledi,” sd Pītr, haññ p hiz gun.

“It wz m tld him muɖrz r cōld old ledi,” Mîcl ẃisprd t Crli.

“I cmplen v Mîcl,” sd Crli instntli.

Ɖ frst twin cem t Pītr. “Faɖr, w wont t dans.”

“Dans awe, mî litl man,” sd Pītr, hu wz in hî gd hymr.

“Bt w wont y t dans.”

Pītr wz riyli ɖ bst dansr amñ ɖm, bt h pritndd t b scanḍlîzd.

“M! Mî old bonz wd ratl!”

“N mumi tù.”

“Ẃt,” craid Wndi, “ɖ muɖr v sć an armfl, dans!”

“Bt on a Saṭde nît,” Slîtli insińuetd.

It wz nt riyli Saṭde nît, at līst it me hv bn, fr ɖe hd loñ lost cǎnt v ɖ dez; bt olwz f ɖe wontd t d enʈñ speśl ɖe sd ɖs wz Saṭde nît, n ɖen ɖe dd it.

“V cors it z Saṭde nît, Pītr,” Wndi sd, rlentñ.

“Ppl v ǎr figr, Wndi!”

“Bt it z onli amñ ǎr ǒn proɉni.”

“Tru, tru.”

So ɖe wr tld ɖe cd dans, bt ɖe mst pt on ɖer nîtiz frst.

“Ā, old ledi,” Pītr sd asd t Wndi, wormñ himslf bî ɖ fîr n lcñ dǎn at hr az ś sat trnñ a hìl, “ɖr z nʈñ mor pleznt v an īvnñ fr y n m ẃn ɖ de’z tôl z ovr ɖn t rest bî ɖ fîr wɖ ɖ litl wnz nir bî.”

“It z swīt, Pītr, z’nt it?” Wndi sd, frîtḟli graṭfaid. “Pītr, I ʈnc Crli hz yr nǒz.”

“Mîcl tecs aftr y.”

Ś wnt t him n pt hr hand on hiz śoldr.

“Dir Pītr,” ś sd, “wɖ sć a larj faṃli, v cors, I hv nǎ pást mî bst, bt y d’nt wont t ćenj m, d y?”

“No, Wndi.”

Srtnli h dd nt wont a ćenj, bt h lct at hr uncumftbli, blincñ, y nǒ, lîc wn nt śr ẃɖr h wz awec or aslip.

“Pītr, ẃt z it?”

“I wz jst ʈncñ,” h sd, a litl scerd. “It z onli mc-b’liv, z’nt it, ɖt I am ɖer faɖr?”

“Ǒ yes,” Wndi sd primli.

“Y si,” h cntinyd apoḷjeticli, “it wd mc m sīm so old t b ɖer riyl faɖr.”

“Bt ɖe r ǎrz, Pītr, yrz n mîn.”

“Bt nt riyli, Wndi?” h asct añśsli.

“Nt f y d’nt wś it,” ś rplaid; n ś dstñtli hŕd hiz sai v rlif. “Pītr,” ś asct, trayñ t spīc frmli, “ẃt r yr xact fīlñz t m?”

“Ɖoz v a dvotd sun, Wndi.”

“I ʈt so,” ś sd, n wnt n sat bî hrslf at ɖ xtrim end v ɖ rūm.

“Y r so qir,” h sd, francli puzld, “n Tîgr Lili z jst ɖ sem. Ɖr z smʈñ ś wonts t b t m, bt ś sz it z nt mî muɖr.”

“No, indd, it z nt,” Wndi rplaid wɖ frîtfl emḟsis. Nǎ w nǒ ẃ ś wz preɉdist agnst ɖ redscinz.

“Ɖen ẃt z it?”

“It z’nt fr a ledi t tel.”

“Ǒ, vri wel,” Pītr sd, a litl netld. “Phps Tncr Bel wl tel m.”

“Ǒ yes, Tncr Bel wl tel y,” Wndi rtortd scornḟli. “Ś z an abandnd litl crīćr.”

Hir Tnc, hu wz in hr bedrūm, īvzdropñ, sqīct ǎt smʈñ impydnt.

“Ś sz ś gloriz in biyñ abandnd,” Pītr intrpṛtd.

H hd a sudn îdīa. “Phps Tnc wonts t b mî muɖr?”

“Y sili as!” craid Tncr Bel in a paśn.

Ś hd sd it so ofn ɖt Wndi nīdd no trnzleśn.

“I olmst agri wɖ hr,” Wndi snapt. Fansi Wndi snapñ! Bt ś hd bn mć traid, n ś litl ń ẃt wz t hapn bfr ɖ nît wz ǎt. F ś hd noun ś wd nt hv snapt.

Nn v ɖm ń. Phps it wz bst nt t nǒ. Ɖer ignṛns gev ɖm wn mor glad aur; n az it wz t b ɖer last aur on ɖ îḷnd, let s rjôs ɖt ɖr wr sixti glad minits in it. Ɖe sañ n danst in ɖer nîtgǎnz. Sć a dliśsli crīpi soñ it wz, in ẃć ɖe pritndd t b frîtnd at ɖer ǒn śadoz, litl witñ ɖt so sn śadoz wd clos in upn ɖm, fṛm hūm ɖe wd śrinc in riyl fir. So uprorịsli ge wz ɖ dans, n hǎ ɖe buḟtd ć uɖr on ɖ bed n ǎt v it! It wz a pilo fît rɖr ɖn a dans, n ẃn it wz finiśt, ɖ piloz insistd on wn bǎt mor, lîc partnrz hu nǒ ɖt ɖe me nvr mīt agn. Ɖ storiz ɖe tld, bfr it wz tîm fr Wndi’z gdnît stori! Īvn Slîtli traid t tel a stori ɖt nît, bt ɖ bginñ wz so firḟli dul ɖt it apōld nt onli ɖ uɖrz bt himslf, n h sd glūṃli:

“Yes, it z a dul bginñ. I se, let s pritnd ɖt it z ɖ end.”

N ɖen at last ɖe ol got intu bed fr Wndi’z stori, ɖ stori ɖe luvd bst, ɖ stori Pītr hetd. Yẓ́li ẃn ś bgan t tel ɖs stori h left ɖ rūm or pt hiz handz ovr hiz irz; n poṣbli f h hd dn îɖr v ɖoz ʈñz ɖs tîm ɖe mt ol stl b on ɖ îḷnd. Bt tnît h rmend on hiz stūl; n w śl si ẃt hapnd.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

Clasics in Ñspel: O! how much more doth beauty beauteous seem – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 54

Sonit 54: Ǒ! hǎ mć mor dʈ byti bytịs sīm

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

Ǒ! hǎ mć mor dʈ byti bytịs sīm
Bî ɖt swīt orṇmnt ẃć truʈ dʈ gv.
Ɖ rôz lcs fer, bt fẹrr w it dīm
Fr ɖt swīt ǒdr, ẃć dʈ in it liv.
Ɖ cancrblūmz hv fl az dīp a dai
Az ɖ prfymid tñćr v ɖ rozz,
Hañ on sć ʈornz, n ple az wontnli
Ẃn sumr’z breʈ ɖer mascid budz

dsclozz:

Bt, fr ɖer vrću onli z ɖer śo,
Ɖe liv unwùd, n unrispctd fed;
Dî t ɖmslvz. Swīt rozz d nt so;
V ɖer swīt deʈs r swītist ǒdrz md:
N so v y, bytịs n luvli yʈ,
Ẃn ɖt śl fed, mî vrs dstilz yr truʈ.

Clasics in Ñspel: PETER PAN by J M Barrie – Chapter 9

Ɖ  last sǎnd Pītr hŕd bfr h wz qt alon wr ɖ mrmeidz rtîrñ wn bî wn t ɖer bedćembrz undr ɖ sī. H wz tù far awe t hír ɖer dorz śut; bt evri dor in ɖ coṛl cevz ẃr ɖe liv rñz a tîni bel ẃn it opnz or clozz (az in ol ɖ nîsist hǎzz on ɖ mênḷnd), n h hŕd ɖ belz.

Ɖ last sǎnd Pītr hŕd bfr h wz qt alon wr ɖ mrmeidz rtîrñ wn bî wn t ɖer bedćembrz undr ɖ sī. H wz tù far awe t hír ɖer dorz śut; bt evri dor in ɖ coṛl cevz ẃr ɖe liv rñz a tîni bel ẃn it opnz or clozz (az in ol ɖ nîsist hǎzz on ɖ mênḷnd), n h hŕd ɖ belz.

Steḍli ɖ wōtrz rouz tl ɖe wr niḅlñ at hiz fīt; n t pas ɖ tîm untl ɖe md ɖer fînl gulp, h woćt ɖ onli ʈñ on ɖ l’gūn. H ʈt it wz a pìs v flotñ pepr, phps part v ɖ cît, n wundrd îdli hǎ loñ it wd tec t drift aśor.

Prezntli h notist az an od ʈñ ɖt it wz undǎtidli ǎt upn ɖ l’gūn wɖ sm defiṇt prṗs, fr it wz fîtñ ɖ tîd, n smtmz winñ; n ẃn it wún, Pītr, olwz simṗʈetic t ɖ wìcr sîd, cd nt hlp clapñ; it wz sć a gaḷnt pìs v pepr.

It wz nt riyli a pìs v pepr; it wz ɖ Nvr brd, mcñ despṛt eḟts t rīć Pītr on ɖ nst. Bî wrcñ hr wñz, in a we ś hd lrnt sins ɖ nst fél intu ɖ wōtr, ś wz ebl t sm xtnt t gîd hr strenj craft, bt bî ɖ tîm Pītr rec̣gnîzd hr ś wz vri xōstd. Ś hd cm t sev him, t gv him hr nst, ɖo ɖr wr egz in it. I rɖr wundr at ɖ brd, fr ɖo h hd bn nîs t hr, h hd olso smtmz tormntd hr. I cn s’poz onli ɖt, lîc Msz Darlñ n ɖ rest v ɖm, ś wz mltd bcz h hd ol hiz frst tīʈ.

Ś cōld ǎt t him ẃt ś hd cm fr, n h cōld ǎt t hr ẃt ś wz dwñ ɖr; bt v cors nɖr v ɖm unḍstd ɖ uɖr’z lanḡj. In fansifl storiz ppl cn tōc t ɖ brdz frīli, n I wś fr ɖ momnt I cd pritnd ɖt ɖs wr sć a stori, n se ɖt Pītr rplaid intelijntli t ɖ Nvr brd; bt truʈ z bst, n I wont t tel y onli ẃt riyli hapnd. Wel, nt onli cd ɖe nt unḍstand ć uɖr, bt ɖe fgot ɖer manrz.

“I—wont—y—t—gt—intu—ɖ—nst,” ɖ brd cōld, spīcñ az slǒli n dstñtli az poṣbl, “n—ɖen—y—cn—drift—aśor, bt—I—am—tù—tîrd—t—brñ—it—eni—nirr—so—y—mst—trî—t—swim—t—it.”

“Ẃt r y qacñ abt?” Pītr ansrd. “Ẃ d’nt y let ɖ nst drift az yźl?”

“I—wont—y—” ɖ brd sd, n rpitd it ol ovr.

Ɖen Pītr traid slo n dstñt.

“Ẃt—r—y—qacñ—abt?” n so on.

Ɖ Nvr brd bcem iṛtetd; ɖe hv vri śort tmprz.

“Y dunḍhedd litl je!” ś scrīmd, “Ẃ d’nt y d az I tel y?”

Pītr flt ɖt ś wz cōlñ him nemz, n at a vnćr h rtortd hotli:

“So r y!”

Ɖen rɖr krịsli ɖe bʈ snapt ǎt ɖ sem rmarc:

“Śut p!”

“Śut p!”

Nvɖles ɖ brd wz dtrmind t sev him f ś cd, n bî wn last mîti eḟt ś pṛpeld ɖ nst agnst ɖ roc. Ɖen p ś flù; dzrtñ hr egz, so az t mc hr mīnñ clir.

Ɖen at last h unḍstd, n clućt ɖ nst n wevd hiz ʈancs t ɖ brd az ś flutrd oṿhed. It wz nt t rsiv hiz ʈancs, hvr, ɖt ś huñ ɖr in ɖ scî; it wz nt īvn t woć him gt intu ɖ nst; it wz t si ẃt h dd wɖ hr egz.

Ɖr wr tū larj ẃît egz, n Pītr liftd ɖm p n rflectd. Ɖ brd cuvrd hr fes wɖ hr wñz, so az nt t si ɖ last v ɖm; bt ś cd nt hlp pīpñ btwn ɖ feɖrz.

I fget ẃɖr I hv tld y ɖt ɖr wz a stev on ɖ roc, drivn intu it bî sm buc̣nirz v loñ ago t marc ɖ sait v berid treźr. Ɖ ćildṛn hd dscuvrd ɖ gliṭrñ hōrd, n ẃn in a misćiṿs mūd yst t flñ śǎrz v môdorz, dîmndz, prlz n pìsz v et t ɖ gulz, hu pǎnst upn ɖm fr fūd, n ɖen flù awe, rejñ at ɖ scrvi tric ɖt hd bn pleid upn ɖm. Ɖ stev wz stl ɖr, n on it Starci hd huñ hiz hat, a dīp tarpōlin, wōtrtît, wɖ a brōd brim. Pītr pt ɖ egz intu ɖs hat n set it on ɖ l’gūn. It flotd bytifli.

Ɖ Nvr brd sw at wns ẃt h wz p t, n scrīmd hr adṃreśn v him; n, alas, Pītr croud hiz agrīmnt wɖ hr. Ɖen h got intu ɖ nst, rird ɖ stev in it az a māst, n huñ p hiz śrt fr a sêl. At ɖ sem momnt ɖ brd flutrd dǎn upn ɖ hat n wns mor sat snugli on hr egz. Ś driftd in wn d’rex́n, n h wz bòrn of in anɖr, bʈ ćirñ.

V cors ẃn Pītr landd h bīćt hiz bàrc in a ples ẃr ɖ brd wd īẓli fînd it; bt ɖ hat wz sć a gret s’xes ɖt ś abandnd ɖ nst. It driftd abt tl it wnt t pìsz, n ofn Starci cem t ɖ śor v ɖ l’gūn, n wɖ mni bitr fīlñz woćt ɖ brd sitñ on hiz hat. Az w śl nt si hr agn, it me b wrʈ mnṣ́nñ hir ɖt ol Nvr brdz nǎ bild in ɖt śep v nst, wɖ a brōd brim on ẃć ɖ yuñstrz tec an e’rñ.

Gret wr ɖ rjôsñz ẃn Pītr rīćt ɖ hom undr ɖ grǎnd olmst az sn az Wndi, hu hd bn carid hiɖr n ɖiɖr bî ɖ cît. Evri bô hd advnćrz t tel; bt phps ɖ bigist advnćr v ol wz ɖt ɖe wr sevṛl aurz lêt fr bed. Ɖs so infletd ɖm ɖt ɖe dd verịs doji ʈñz t gt steyñ p stl longr, sć az dmandñ banḍjz; bt Wndi, ɖo gloriyñ in hvñ ɖm ol hom agn sef n sǎnd, wz scanḍlîzd bî ɖ lêtnis v ɖ aur, n craid, “T bed, t bed,” in a vôs ɖt hd t b obeid. Nxt de, hvr, ś wz ōḟli tndr, n gev ǎt banḍjz t evrwn, n ɖe pleid tl bedtîm at limpñ abt n cariyñ ɖer armz in slñz.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

ÑSPEL

Clasics in Ñspel: What is your substance, whereof are you made – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 53

Sonit 53: Ẃt z yr substns, ẃr-ov r y md

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

Ẃt z yr substns, ẃr-ov r y md,
Ɖt miłnz v strenj śadoz on y tnd?
Sins evrwn hʈ, evrwn, wn śêd,
N y bt wn, cn evri śado lend.
Dscrîb Adonis, n ɖ cǎnṭfit
Z purli iṃtetd aftr y;
On Heḷn’z ćīc ol art v byti set,
N y in Grìśn tîrz r pentd ny:
Spīc v ɖ sprñ, n fôzn v ɖ yir,
Ɖ wn dʈ śado v yr byti śo,
Ɖ uɖr az yr bǎnti dʈ apir;
N y in evri blesid śep w nǒ.
In ol xtrnl gres y hv sm part,
Bt y lîc nn, nn y, fr constnt hart.

Clasics in Ñspel: PETER PAN by J M Barrie – Chapter 8

F  y śut yr îz n r a luci wn, y me si at tîmz a śeplis pūl v luvli pel culrz sspndd in ɖ darcnis; ɖen f y sqīz yr îz tîtr, ɖ pūl bginz t tec śep, n ɖ culrz bcm so vivid ɖt wɖ anɖr sqīz ɖe mst g on fîr. Bt jst bfr ɖe g on fîr y si ɖ l’gūn. Ɖs z ɖ nirist y evr gt t it on ɖ mênḷnd, jst wn hevnli momnt; f ɖr cd b tū momnts y mt si ɖ srf n hír ɖ mrmeidz sññ.

Ɖ ćildṛn ofn spent loñ sumrdez on ɖs l’gūn, swimñ or flotñ most v ɖ tîm, pleyñ ɖ mrmeid gemz in ɖ wōtr, n so fʈ. Y mst nt ʈnc fṛm ɖs ɖt ɖ mrmeidz wr on frendli trmz wɖ ɖm: on ɖ contrri, it wz amñ Wndi’z lastñ rgrets ɖt ol ɖ tîm ś wz on ɖ îḷnd ś nvr hd a sivl wrd fṛm wn v ɖm. Ẃn ś stoul softli t ɖ éj v ɖ l’gūn ś mt si ɖm bî ɖ scor, ispeṣ́li on Mrūnrz’ Roc, ẃr ɖe luvd t basc, comñ ǎt ɖer her in a lezi we ɖt qt iṛtetd hr; or ś mt īvn swim, on tipto az it wr, t wɖn a yard v ɖm, bt ɖen ɖe sw hr n dîvd, probbli splaśñ hr wɖ ɖer teilz, nt bî axidnt, bt intnśṇli.

Ɖe trītd ol ɖ bôz in ɖ sem we, xpt v cors Pītr, hu ćatd wɖ ɖm on Mrūnrz’ Roc bî ɖ aur, n sat on ɖer teilz ẃn ɖe got ćīci. H gev Wndi wn v ɖer comz.

Ɖ most hōntñ tîm at ẃć t si ɖm z at ɖ trn v ɖ mūn, ẃn ɖe utr strenj weilñ crîz; bt ɖ l’gūn z denjṛs fr mortlz ɖen, n untl ɖ īvnñ v ẃć w hv nǎ t tel, Wndi hd nvr sìn ɖ l’gūn bî mūnlît, les fṛm fir, fr v cors Pītr wd hv acumṗnid hr, ɖn bcz ś hd strict rūlz abt evrwn biyñ in bed bî sevn. Ś wz ofn at ɖ l’gūn, hvr, on súni dez aftr ren, ẃn ɖ mrmeidz cm p in xtrordnri numbrz t ple wɖ ɖer bublz. Ɖ bublz v mni culrz md in renbowōtr ɖe trīt az bōlz, hitñ ɖm gêli fṛm wn t anɖr wɖ ɖer teilz, n trayñ t cīp ɖm in ɖ renbo tl ɖe brst. Ɖ golz r at ć end v ɖ renbo, n ɖ cīprz onli r alaud t yz ɖer handz. Smtmz a duzn v ɖz gemz wl b gwñ on in ɖ l’gūn at a tîm, n it z qt a priti sît.

Bt ɖ momnt ɖ ćildṛn traid t jôn in ɖe hd t ple bî ɖmslvz, fr ɖ mrmeidz imīɉtli dis’pird. Nvɖles w hv prūf ɖt ɖe sīcṛtli woćt ɖ inṭloprz, n wr nt abv tecñ an îdīa fṛm ɖm; fr Jon intṛdyst a ny we v hitñ ɖ bubl, wɖ ɖ hed instd v ɖ hand, n ɖ mrmeidz adoptd it. Ɖs z ɖ wn marc ɖt Jon hz left on ɖ Neṿland.

It mst olso hv bn rɖr priti t si ɖ ćildṛn restñ on a roc fr haf an aur aftr ɖer miḑemīl. Wndi insistd on ɖer dwñ ɖs, n it hd t b a riyl rest īvn ɖo ɖ mīl wz mc-b’liv. So ɖe le ɖr in ɖ sún, n ɖer bodiz glisnd in it, ẃl ś sat bsd ɖm n lct importnt.

It wz wn sć de, n ɖe wr ol on Mrūnrz’ Roc. Ɖ roc wz nt mć larjr ɖn ɖer gret bed, bt v cors ɖe ol ń hǎ nt t tec p mć rūm, n ɖe wr dozñ, or at līst layñ wɖ ɖer îz śut, n pinćñ oceźṇli ẃn ɖe ʈt Wndi wz nt lcñ. Ś wz vri bizi, stićñ.

Ẃl ś stićt a ćenj cem t ɖ l’gūn. Litl śivrz ran ovr it, n ɖ sún wnt awe n śadoz stoul acrs ɖ wōtr, trnñ it cold. Wndi cd no longr si t ʈred hr nīdl, n ẃn ś lct p, ɖ l’gūn ɖt hd olwz hiɖrtu bn sć a lafñ ples sīmd formiḍbl n unfrendli.

It wz nt, ś ń, ɖt nît hd cm, bt smʈñ az darc az nît hd cm. No, wrs ɖn ɖt. It hd nt cm, bt it hd snt ɖt śivr ʈru ɖ sì t se ɖt it wz cmñ. Ẃt wz it?

Ɖr crǎdd upn hr ol ɖ storiz ś hd bn tld v Mrūnrz’ Roc, so cōld bcz īvl captinz pt sêlrz on it n līv ɖm ɖr t drǎn. Ɖe drǎn ẃn ɖ tîd rîzz, fr ɖen it z sbmrjd.

V cors ś śd hv rǎzd ɖ ćildṛn at wns; nt mirli bcz v ɖ uņoun ɖt wz stōcñ twd ɖm, bt bcz it wz no longr gd fr ɖm t slīp on a roc groun ćili. Bt ś wz a yuñ muɖr n ś dd nt nǒ ɖs; ś ʈt y simpli mst stic t yr rūl abt haf an aur aftr ɖ miḑe mīl. So, ɖo fir wz upn hr, n ś loñd t hír mel vôsz, ś wd nt wecn ɖm. Īvn ẃn ś hŕd ɖ sǎnd v mufld òrz, ɖo hr hart wz in hr mǎʈ, ś dd nt wecn ɖm. Ś std ovr ɖm t let ɖm hv ɖer slīp ǎt. Wz it nt brev v Wndi?

It wz wel fr ɖoz bôz ɖen ɖt ɖr wz wn amñ ɖm hu cd snif denjr īvn in hiz slīp. Pītr sprañ irect, az wîd awec at wns az a dog, n wɖ wn wornñ crî h rǎzd ɖ uɖrz.

H std mośnlis, wn hand t hiz ir.

“Pîṛts!” h craid. Ɖ uɖrz cem closr t him. A strenj smîl wz pleyñ abt hiz fes, n Wndi sw it n śudrd. Ẃl ɖt smîl wz on hiz fes nwn derd adres him; ol ɖe cd d wz t stand redi t obe. Ɖ ordr cem śarp n insîsiv.

“Dîv!”

Ɖr wz a glīm v legz, n instntli ɖ l’gūn sīmd dzrtd. Mrūnrz’ Roc std alon in ɖ fbidñ wōtrz az f it wr itslf mrūnd.

Ɖ bot drù nirr. It wz ɖ pîṛt dngi, wɖ ʈri figrz in hr, Smi n Starci, n ɖ ʈrd a captiv, no uɖr ɖn Tîgr Lili. Hr handz n anclz wr taid, n ś ń ẃt wz t b hr fet. Ś wz t b left on ɖ roc t periś, an end t wn v hr rês mor teṛbl ɖn deʈ bî fîr or torćr, fr z it nt ritn in ɖ bc v ɖ trîb ɖt ɖr z no paʈ ʈru wōtr t ɖ hapi huntñgrǎnd? Yt hr fes wz impasiv; ś wz ɖ dōtr v a ćīf, ś mst dî az a ćīf’s dōtr, it z inuf.

Ɖe hd còt hr bōrdñ ɖ pîṛt śip wɖ a nîf in hr mǎʈ. No woć wz cept on ɖ śip, it biyñ Hc’s bost ɖt ɖ wind v hiz nem gardd ɖ śip fr a mîl arnd. Nǎ hr fet wd hlp t gard it olso. Wn mor weil wd g ɖ rnd in ɖt wind bî nît.

In ɖ glūm ɖt ɖe bròt wɖ ɖm ɖ tū pîṛts dd nt si ɖ roc tl ɖe craśt intu it.

“Luf, y lubr,” craid an Îriś vôs ɖt wz Smi’z; “hir’z ɖ roc. Nǎ, ɖen, ẃt w hv t d z t hôst ɖ redscin on t it n līv hr hir t drǎn.”

It wz ɖ wrc v wn brūtl momnt t land ɖ bytifl grl on ɖ roc; ś wz tù prǎd t ofr a ven rzistns.

Qt nir ɖ roc, bt ǎt v sît, tū hedz wr bobñ p n dǎn, Pītr’z n Wndi’z. Wndi wz crayñ, fr it wz ɖ frst traɉdi ś hd sìn. Pītr hd sìn mni traɉdiz, bt h hd fgotn ɖm ol. H wz les sori ɖn Wndi fr Tîgr Lili: it wz tū agnst wn ɖt angrd him, n h mnt t sev hr. An īzi we wd hv bn t wêt untl ɖ pîṛts hd gn, bt h wz nvr wn t ćūz ɖ īzi we.

Ɖr wz olmst nʈñ h cd nt d, n h nǎ iṃtetd ɖ vôs v Hc.

“Ahô ɖr, y lubrz!” h cōld. It wz a marvḷs iṃteśn.

“Ɖ captin!” sd ɖ pîṛts, stẹrñ at ć uɖr in s’prîz.

“H mst b swimñ ǎt t s,” Starci sd, ẃn ɖe hd lct fr him in ven.

“W r ptñ ɖ redscin on ɖ roc,” Smi cōld ǎt.

“Set hr fri,” cem ɖ astoṇśñ ansr.

“Fri!”

“Yes, cut hr bondz n let hr g.”

“Bt, captin—”

“At wns, d’yi hír,” craid Pītr, “or I’l plunj mî hc in y.”

“Ɖs z qir!” Smi gaspt.

“Betr d ẃt ɖ captin ordrz,” sd Starci nrṿsli.

“Ai, ai,” Smi sd, n h cut Tîgr Lili’z cordz. At wns lîc an īl ś slid btwn Starci’z legz intu ɖ wōtr.

V cors Wndi wz vri iletd ovr Pītr’z clevrnis; bt ś ń ɖt h wd b iletd olso n vri lîcli cro n ɖus btre himslf, so at wns hr hand wnt ǎt t cuvr hiz mǎʈ. Bt it wz steid īvn in ɖ act, fr “Bot ahô!” rañ ovr ɖ l’gūn in Hc’s vôs, n ɖs tîm it wz nt Pītr hu hd spocn.

Pītr me hv bn abt t cro, bt hiz fes pucrd in a ẃisl v s’prîz instd.

“Bot ahô!” agn cem ɖ vôs.

Nǎ Wndi unḍstd. Ɖ riyl Hc wz olso in ɖ wōtr.

H wz swimñ t ɖ bot, n az hiz men śoud a lît t gîd him h hd sn rīćt ɖm. In ɖ lît v ɖ lantn Wndi sw hiz hc grip ɖ bot’s sîd; ś sw hiz īvl sworɖi fes az h rouz dripñ fṛm ɖ wōtr, n, qecñ, ś wd hv lîct t swim awe, bt Pītr wd nt buj. H wz tnġlñ wɖ lîf n olso top-hevi wɖ cnsit. “Am I nt a wundr, ǒ, I am a wundr!” h ẃisprd t hr, n ɖo ś ʈt so olso, ś wz riyli glad fr ɖ sec v hiz repyteśn ɖt nwn hŕd him xpt hrslf.

H sînd t hr t lisn.

Ɖ tū pîṛts wr vri krịs t nǒ ẃt hd bròt ɖer captin t ɖm, bt h sat wɖ hiz hed on hiz hc in a pziśn v pṛfǎnd meḷnc̣li.

“Captin, z ol wel?” ɖe asct timidli, bt h ansrd wɖ a holo mon.

“H saiz,” sd Smi.

“H saiz agn,” sd Starci.

“N yt a ʈrd tîm h saiz,” sd Smi.

Ɖen at last h spouc paśṇtli.

“Ɖ gem’z p,” h craid, “ɖoz bôz hv faund a muɖr.”

Afrîtd ɖo ś wz, Wndi sweld wɖ prîd.

“O īvl de!” craid Starci.

“Ẃt’s a muɖr?” asct ɖ ignṛnt Smi.

Wndi wz so śoct ɖt ś xclemd. “H dz’nt nǒ!” n olwz aftr ɖs ś flt ɖt f y cd hv a pet pîṛt Smi wd b hr wn.

Pītr pld hr bnʈ ɖ wōtr, fr Hc hd startd p, crayñ, “Ẃt wz ɖt?”

“I hŕd nʈñ,” sd Starci, rezñ ɖ lantn ovr ɖ wōtrz, n az ɖ pîṛts lct ɖe sw a strenj sît. It wz ɖ nst I hv tld y v, flotñ on ɖ l’gūn, n ɖ Nvr brd wz sitñ on it.

“Si,” sd Hc in ansr t Smi’z qsćn, “ɖt z a muɖr. Ẃt a lésn! Ɖ nst mst hv fōḷn intu ɖ wōtr, bt wd ɖ muɖr dzrt hr egz? No.”

Ɖr wz a brec in hiz vôs, az f fr a momnt h rcōld iṇsnt dez ẃn—bt h bruśt awe ɖs wìcnis wɖ hiz hc.

Smi, mć imprest, gezd at ɖ brd az ɖ nst wz bòrn past, bt ɖ mor sspiśs Starci sd, “F ś z a muɖr, phps ś z haññ abt hir t hlp Pītr.”

Hc winst. “Ai,” h sd, “ɖt z ɖ fir ɖt hōnts m.”

H wz rǎzd fṛm ɖs djx́n bî Smi’z īgr vôs.

“Captin,” sd Smi, “cd w nt cidnap ɖz bôz’ muɖr n mc hr ǎr muɖr?”

“It z a prinsli scīm,” craid Hc, n at wns it tc practicl śep in hiz gret bren. “W wl sīz ɖ ćildṛn n cari ɖm t ɖ bot: ɖ bôz w wl mc wōc ɖ planc, n Wndi śl b ǎr muɖr.”

Agn Wndi fgot hrslf.

“Nvr!” ś craid, n bobd.

“Ẃt wz ɖt?”

Bt ɖe cd si nʈñ. Ɖe ʈt it mst hv bn a līf in ɖ wind. “D y agri, mî bŭliz?” asct Hc.

“Ɖr z mî hand on it,” ɖe bʈ sd.

“N ɖr z mî hc. Swer.”

Ɖe ol swòr. Bî ɖs tîm ɖe wr on ɖ roc, n sudnli Hc rmembrd Tîgr Lili.

“Ẃr z ɖ redscin?” h dmandd abrupli.

H hd a plêfl hymr at momnts, n ɖe ʈt ɖs wz wn v ɖ momnts.

“Ɖt z ol rît, captin,” Smi ansrd cmplesntli; “w let hr g.”

“Let hr g!” craid Hc.

“Tẉz yr ǒn ordrz,” ɖ boṣn fōltrd.

“Y cōld ovr ɖ wōtr t s t let hr g,” sd Starci.

“Brimston n gōl,” ʈundrd Hc, “ẃt cúẓnñ z gwñ on hir!” Hiz fes hd gn blac wɖ rej, bt h sw ɖt ɖe b’livd ɖer wrdz, n h wz startld. “Ladz,” h sd, śecñ a litl, “I gev no sć ordr.”

“It z pasñ qir,” Smi sd, n ɖe ol fiɉtd uncumftbli. Hc rezd hiz vôs, bt ɖr wz a qivr in it.

“Spirit ɖt hōnts ɖs darc l’gūn tnît,” h craid, “dst hír m?”

V cors Pītr śd hv cept qayt, bt v cors h dd nt. H imīɉtli ansrd in Hc’s vôs:

“Odz, bobz, hamr n toñz, I hír y.”

In ɖt s’prīm momnt Hc dd nt blanć, īvn at ɖ gilz, bt Smi n Starci cluñ t ć uɖr in terr.

“Hu r y, strenjr? Spīc!” Hc dmandd.

“I am Jemz Hc,” rplaid ɖ vôs, “captin v ɖ Joli Rojr.”

“Y r nt; y r nt,” Hc craid hōrsli.

“Brimston n gōl,” ɖ vôs rtortd, “se ɖt agn, n I’l cast ancr in y.”

Hc traid a mor ingreśietñ manr. “F y r Hc,” h sd olmst humbli, “cm tel m, hu am I?”

“A codfiś,” rplaid ɖ vôs, “onli a codfiś.”

“A codfiś!” Hc ecoud blancli, n it wz ɖen, bt nt tl ɖen, ɖt hiz prǎd spirit brouc. H sw hiz men drw bac fṛm him.

“Hv w bn captind ol ɖs tîm bî a codfiś!” ɖe mutrd. “It z lowrñ t ǎr prîd.”

Ɖe wr hiz dogz snapñ at him, bt, trajic figr ɖo h hd bcm, h scersli hīdd ɖm. Agnst sć firfl evidns it wz nt ɖer b’lif in him ɖt h nīdd, it wz hiz ǒn. H flt hiz īgo slipñ fṛm him. “D’nt dzrt m, bŭli,” h ẃisprd hōrsli t it.

In hiz darc nećr ɖr wz a tuć v ɖ feṃnin, az in ol ɖ gret pîṛts, n it smtmz gev him intyiśnz. Sudnli h traid ɖ gesñ gem.

“Hc,” h cōld, “hv y anɖr vôs?”

Nǎ Pītr cd nvr rzist a gem, n h ansrd blîɖli in hiz ǒn vôs, “I hv.”

“N anɖr nem?”

“Ai, ai.”

“Vejtbl?” asct Hc.

“No.”

“Minṛl?”

“No.”

“Animl?”

“Yes.”

“Man?”

“No!” Ɖs ansr rañ ǎt scornḟli.

“Bô?”

“Yes.”

“Ordnri bô?”

“No!”

“Wundrfl bô?”

T Wndi’z pen ɖ ansr ɖt rañ ǎt ɖs tîm wz “Yes.”

“R y in Ñgḷnd?”

“No.”

“R y hir?”

“Yes.”

Hc wz cmplitli puzld. “Y asc him sm qsćnz,” h sd t ɖ uɖrz, wîpñ hiz damp brǎ.

Smi rflectd. “I c’nt ʈnc v a ʈñ,” h sd rgretḟli.

“C’nt ges, c’nt ges!” croud Pītr. “D y gv it p?”

V cors in hiz prîd h wz cariyñ ɖ gem tù far, n ɖ miscrịnts sw ɖer ćans.

“Yes, yes,” ɖe ansrd īgrli.

“Wel, ɖen,” h craid, “I am Pītr Pan.”

Pan!

In a momnt Hc wz himslf agn, n Smi n Starci wr hiz feʈfl hnćṃn.

“Nǎ w hv him,” Hc śǎtd. “Intu ɖ wōtr, Smi. Starci, mînd ɖ bot. Tec him ded or alîv!”

H lept az h spouc, n simlteńsli cem ɖ ge vôs v Pītr.

“R y redi, bôz?”

“Ai, ai,” fṛm verịs parts v ɖ l’gūn.

“Ɖen lam intu ɖ pîṛts.”

Ɖ fît wz śort n śarp. Frst t drw blud wz Jon, hu gaḷntli clîmd intu ɖ bot n hld Starci. Ɖr wz firs strugl, in ẃć ɖ cutḷs wz torn fṛm ɖ pîṛt’s grasp. H rigld oṿbōrd n Jon lept aftr him. Ɖ dngi driftd awe.

Hir n ɖr a hed bobd p in ɖ wōtr, n ɖr wz a flaś v stīl foloud bî a crî or a ẃūp. In ɖ cnfyźn sm struc at ɖer ǒn sîd. Ɖ corcscru v Smi got Tūtlz in ɖ forʈ rib, bt h wz himslf pnct in trn bî Crli. Farɖr fṛm ɖ roc Starci wz presñ Slîtli n ɖ twinz hard.

Ẃr ol ɖs tîm wz Pītr? H wz sīcñ bigr gem.

Ɖ uɖrz wr ol brev bôz, n ɖe mst nt b blemd fr bacñ fṛm ɖ pîṛtcaptin. Hiz ayn clw md a srcl v ded wōtr rnd him, fṛm ẃć ɖe fled lîc afrîtd fiśz.

Bt ɖr wz wn hu dd nt fir him: ɖr wz wn priperd t entr ɖt srcl.

Strenjli, it wz nt in ɖ wōtr ɖt ɖe met. Hc rouz t ɖ roc t briɖ, n at ɖ sem momnt Pītr sceld it on ɖ oṗzit sîd. Ɖ roc wz sliṗri az a bōl, n ɖe hd t crōl rɖr ɖn clîm. Nɖr ń ɖt ɖ uɖr wz cmñ. Ć fīlñ fr a grip met ɖ uɖr’z arm: in s’prîz ɖe rezd ɖer hedz; ɖer fesz wr olmst tućñ; so ɖe met.

Sm v ɖ gretist hiroz hv cnfest ɖt jst bfr ɖe fél t ɖe hd a sncñ. Hd it bn so wɖ Pītr at ɖt momnt I wd admit it. Aftr ol, h wz ɖ onli man ɖt ɖ Sī Cc hd fird. Bt Pītr hd no sncñ, h hd wn fīlñ onli, gladnis; n h náśt hiz priti tīʈ wɖ jô. Qc az ʈt h snaćt a nîf fṛm Hc’s blt n wz abt t drîv it hom, ẃn h sw ɖt h wz hayr p ɖ roc ɖn hiz fo. It wd nt hv bn fîtñ fer. H gev ɖ pîṛt a hand t hlp him p.

It wz ɖen ɖt Hc bit him.

Nt ɖ pen v ɖs bt its unfernis wz ẃt dezd Pītr. It md him qt hlplis. H cd onli stér, hoṛfaid. Evri ćîld z afctd ɖus ɖ frst tîm h z trītd unferli. Ol h ʈncs h hz a rît t ẃn h cmz t y t b yrz z fernis. Aftr y hv bn unfer t him h wl luv y agn, bt wl nvr afṭwdz b qt ɖ sem bô. Nwn evr gts ovr ɖ frst unfernis; nwn xpt Pītr. H ofn met it, bt h olwz fgot it. I s’poz ɖt wz ɖ riyl difṛns btwn him n ol ɖ rest.

So ẃn h met it nǎ it wz lîc ɖ frst tîm; n h cd jst stér, hlplis. Twîs ɖ ayn hand clwd him.

A fy momnts afṭwdz ɖ uɖr bôz sw Hc in ɖ wōtr strîcñ wîldli fr ɖ śip; no ileśn on ɖ pstiḷnt fes nǎ, onli ẃît fir, fr ɖ croc̣dîl wz in dogid psyt v him. On ordnri oceźnz ɖ bôz wd hv swum alñsd ćirñ; bt nǎ ɖe wr unīzi, fr ɖe hd lost bʈ Pītr n Wndi, n wr scǎrñ ɖ l’gūn fr ɖm, cōlñ ɖm bî nem. Ɖe faund ɖ dngi n wnt hom in it, śǎtñ “Pītr, Wndi” az ɖe wnt, bt no ansr cem sev mocñ laftr fṛm ɖ mrmeidz. “Ɖe mst b swimñ bac or flayñ,” ɖ bôz cncludd. Ɖe wr nt vri añśs, bcz ɖe hd sć feʈ in Pītr. Ɖe ćucld, bôlîc, bcz ɖe wd b lêt fr bed; n it wz ol muɖr Wndi’z fōlt!

Ẃn ɖer vôsz daid awe ɖr cem cold sîḷns ovr ɖ l’gūn, n ɖen a fībl crî.

“Hlp, hlp!”

Tū smōl figrz wr bìtñ agnst ɖ roc; ɖ grl hd fentd n le on ɖ bô’z arm. Wɖ a last eḟt Pītr pld hr p ɖ roc n ɖen le dǎn bsd hr. Īvn az h olso fentd h sw ɖt ɖ wōtr wz rîzñ. H ń ɖt ɖe wd sn b drǎnd, bt h cd d no mor.

Az ɖe le sîd bî sîd a mrmeid còt Wndi bî ɖ fīt, n bgan pŭlñ hr softli intu ɖ wōtr. Pītr, fīlñ hr slip fṛm him, wouc wɖ a start, n wz jst in tîm t drw hr bac. Bt h hd t tel hr ɖ truʈ.

“W r on ɖ roc, Wndi,” h sd, “bt it z growñ smōlr. Sn ɖ wōtr wl b ovr it.”

Ś dd nt unḍstand īvn nǎ.

“W mst g,” ś sd, olmst brîtli.

“Yes,” h ansrd fentli.

“Śl w swim or flî, Pītr?”

H hd t tel hr.

“D y ʈnc y cd swim or flî az far az ɖ îḷnd, Wndi, wɖt mî hlp?”

Ś hd t admit ɖt ś wz tù tîrd.

H mond.

“Ẃt z it?” ś asct, añśs abt him at wns.

“I c’nt hlp y, Wndi. Hc wūndd m. I cn nɖr flî nr swim.”

“D y mīn w śl bʈ b drǎnd?”

“Lc hǎ ɖ wōtr z rîzñ.”

Ɖe pt ɖer handz ovr ɖer îz t śut ǎt ɖ sît. Ɖe ʈt ɖe wd sn b no mor. Az ɖe sat ɖus smʈñ bruśt agnst Pītr az lît az a cis, n steid ɖr, az f seyñ timidli, “Cn I b v eni ys?”

It wz ɖ teil v a cît, ẃć Mîcl hd md sm dez bfr. It hd torn itslf ǎt v hiz hand n flotd awe.

“Mîcl’z cît,” Pītr sd wɖt inṭrest, bt nxt momnt h hd sizd ɖ teil, n wz pŭlñ ɖ cît twd him.

“It liftd Mîcl of ɖ grǎnd,” h craid; “ẃ śd it nt cari y?”

“Bʈ v s!”

“It c’nt lift tū; Mîcl n Crli traid.”

“Let s drw lots,” Wndi sd brevli.

“N y a ledi; nvr.” Olrdi h hd taid ɖ teil rnd hr. Ś cluñ t him; ś rfyzd t g wɖt him; bt wɖ a “Gdbî, Wndi,” h pśt hr fṛm ɖ roc; n in a fy minits ś wz bòrn ǎt v hiz sît. Pītr wz alon on ɖ l’gūn.

Ɖ roc wz vri smōl nǎ; sn it wd b sbmrjd. Pel rez v lît tiptóud acrs ɖ wōtrz; n bî n bî ɖr wz t b hŕd a sǎnd at wns ɖ most ḿzicl n ɖ most meḷnc̣li in ɖ wrld: ɖ mrmeidz cōlñ t ɖ mūn.

Pītr wz nt qt lîc uɖr bôz; bt h wz afreid at last. A tremr ran ʈru him, lîc a śudr pasñ ovr ɖ sī; bt on ɖ sī wn śudr foloz anɖr tl ɖr r hundṛdz v ɖm, n Pītr flt jst ɖ wn. Nxt momnt h wz standñ irect on ɖ roc agn, wɖ ɖt smîl on hiz fes n a drum bìtñ wɖn him. It wz seyñ, “T dî wl b an ōḟli big advnćr.”

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Clasics in Ñspel: So am I as the rich, whose blessed key – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 52

Sonit 52: So am I az ɖ rić, huz blesid ci

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

So am I az ɖ rić, huz blesid ci
Cn brñ him t hiz swīt up-loct treźr,
Ɖ ẃć h wl nt evri aur srve,
Fr bluntñ ɖ fîn pônt v sldm pleźr.
Ɖrfr r fīsts so soḷm n so rer,
Sins, sldm cmñ in ɖ loñ yir set,
Lîc stonz v wrʈ ɖe ʈinli plesid r,
Or captin juwlz in ɖ carc̣nét.
So z ɖ tîm ɖt cīps y az mî ćst,
Or az ɖ wordrob ẃć ɖ rǒb dʈ hîd,
T mc sm speśl instnt speśl-blest,
Bî ny unfoldñ hiz impriznd prîd.
Blesid r y huz wrɖinis gvz scop,
Biyñ hd, t trîumf, biyñ lact, t hop.

ŚECSPIR’Z SONITS
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Clasics in Ñspel: PETER PAN by J M Barrie – Chapter 7

Wn v ɖ frst ʈñz Pītr dd nxt de wz t meźr Wndi n Jon n Mîcl fr holo triz. Hc, y rmembr, hd snird at ɖ bôz fr ʈncñ ɖe nīdd a tri apis, bt ɖs wz ignṛns, fr unls yr tri fitd y it wz dificlt t g p n dǎn, n no tū v ɖ bôz wr qt ɖ sem sîz. Wns y fitd, y drù in yr breʈ at ɖ top, n dǎn y wnt at xacli ɖ rît spīd, ẃl t asnd y drù in n let ǎt oltrṇtli, n so rigld p. V cors, ẃn y hv mastrd ɖ ax́n y r ebl t d ɖz ʈñz wɖt ʈncñ v ɖm, n nʈñ cn b mor gresfl.

Bt y simpli mst fit, n Pītr meźrz y fr yr tri az cerḟli az fr a sūt v cloɖz: ɖ onli difṛns biyñ ɖt ɖ cloɖz r md t fit y, ẃl y hv t b md t fit ɖ tri. Yẓ́li it z dn qt īẓli, az bî yr wẹrñ tù mni garmnts or tù fy, bt f y r bumpi in ōcẉd plesz or ɖ onli aveḷbl tri z an od śep, Pītr dz sm ʈñz t y, n aftr ɖt y fit. Wns y fit, gret cer mst b tecn t g on fitñ, n ɖs, az Wndi wz t dscuvr t hr dlît, cīps a hol faṃli in prfict cndiśn.

Wndi n Mîcl fitd ɖer triz at ɖ frst trî, bt Jon hd t b oltrd a litl.

Aftr a fy dez’ practis ɖe cd g p n dǎn az gêli az bucits in a wel. N hǎ ardntli ɖe grù t luv ɖer hom undr ɖ grǎnd; ispeṣ́li Wndi. It cnsistd v wn larj rūm, az ol hǎzz śd d, wɖ a flor in ẃć y cd dig f y wontd t g fiśñ, n in ɖs flor grù stǎt muśrumz v a ćarmñ culr, ẃć wr yzd az stūlz. A Nvr tri traid hard t gro in ɖ sntr v ɖ rūm, bt evri mornñ ɖe swd ɖ trunc ʈru, levl wɖ ɖ flor. Bî tītîm it wz olwz abt tū fīt hî, n ɖen ɖe pt a dor on top v it, ɖ hol ɖus bcmñ a tebl; az sn az ɖe clird awe, ɖe swd of ɖ trunc agn, n ɖus ɖr wz mor rūm t ple. Ɖr wz an inorṃs fîrples ẃć wz in olmst eni part v ɖ rūm ẃr y cerd t lît it, n acrs ɖs Wndi strećt strñz, md v fîbr, fṛm ẃć ś sspndd hr wośñ. Ɖ bed wz tiltd agnst ɖ wōl bî de, n let dǎn at 6:30, ẃn it fild nirli haf ɖ rūm; n ol ɖ bôz slept in it, xpt Mîcl, layñ lîc sardīnz in a tin. Ɖr wz a strict rūl agnst trnñ rnd untl wn gev ɖ signl, ẃn ol trnd at wns. Mîcl śd hv yzd it olso, bt Wndi wd hv a bebi, n h wz ɖ liṭlist, n y nǒ ẃt wimin r, n ɖ śort n loñ v it z ɖt h wz huñ p in a bascit.

It wz ruf n simpl, n nt unlîc ẃt bebiberz wd hv md v an unḍgrǎnd hǎs in ɖ sem srcmstansz. Bt ɖr wz wn rses in ɖ wōl, no larjr ɖn a brdcej, ẃć wz ɖ prîṿt apartmnt v Tncr Bel. It cd b śut of fṛm ɖ rest v ɖ hǎs bî a tîni crtn, ẃć Tnc, hu wz most fstidịs, olwz cept drwn ẃn dresñ or undresñ. No wmn, hvr larj, cd hv hd a mor xqizit būdwar n bedćembr cmbînd. Ɖ cǎć, az ś olwz cōld it, wz a jenyin Qīn Mab, wɖ clublegz; n ś vẹrid ɖ bedspredz acordñ t ẃt frūtblosm wz in sīzn. Hr mirr wz a Ps-in-Būts, v ẃć ɖr r nǎ onli ʈri, unćipt, noun t fẹri dīlrz; ɖ wośstand wz Pî-crust n rvrsbl, ɖ ćst v drorz an oʈntic Ćarmñ ɖ Sixʈ, n ɖ carpit n rugz ɖ bst (ɖ rli) pirịd v Marɉri n Robin. Ɖr wz a śanḍlir fṛm Tidliwincs fr ɖ lc v ɖ ʈñ, bt v cors ś lit ɖ rezidns hrslf. Tnc wz vri cntmtẏs v ɖ rest v ɖ hǎs, az indd wz phps inevitbl, n hr ćembr, ɖo bytifl, lct rɖr cnsitd, hvñ ɖ apiṛns v a nǒz prṃnntli trnd p.

I s’poz it wz ol ispeṣ́li intransñ t Wndi, bcz ɖoz rampejs bôz v hrz gev hr so mć t d. Riyli ɖr wr hol wīcs ẃn, xpt phps wɖ a stocñ in ɖ īvnñ, ś wz nvr abv grǎnd. Ɖ ccñ, I cn tel y, cept hr nǒz t ɖ pot, n īvn f ɖr wz nʈñ in it, īvn f ɖr wz no pot, ś hd t cīp woćñ ɖt it cem aboil jst ɖ sem. Y nvr xacli ń ẃɖr ɖr wd b a riyl mīl or jst a mc-b’liv, it ol dpndd upn Pītr’z ẃim: h cd īt, riyli īt, f it wz part v a gem, bt h cd nt stoj jst t fīl stoji, ẃć z ẃt most ćildṛn lîc betr ɖn enʈñ els; ɖ nxt bst ʈñ biyñ t tōc abt it. Mc-b’liv wz so riyl t him ɖt jrñ a mīl v it y cd si him gtñ rǎndr. V cors it wz trayñ, bt y simpli hd t folo hiz līd, n f y cd pruv t him ɖt y wr gtñ lūs fr yr tri h let y stoj.

Wndi’z feṿrit tîm fr sowñ n darnñ wz aftr ɖe hd ol gn t bed. Ɖen, az ś xprest it, ś hd a briɖñ tîm fr hrslf; n ś okpaid it in mcñ ny ʈñz fr ɖm, n ptñ dubl pìsz on ɖ niz, fr ɖe wr ol most frîtḟli hard on ɖer niz.

Ẃn ś sat dǎn t a bascitfl v ɖer stocñz, evri hìl wɖ a houl in it, ś wd flñ p hr armz n xclem, “Ǒ dir, I am śr I smtmz ʈnc spinstrz r t b envid!”

Hr fes bīmd ẃn ś xclemd ɖs.

Y rmembr abt hr pet wlf. Wel, it vri sn dscuvrd ɖt ś hd cm t ɖ îḷnd n it faund hr ǎt, n ɖe jst ran intu ć uɖr’z armz. Aftr ɖt it foloud hr abt evrẃr.

Az tîm wòr on dd ś ʈnc mć abt ɖ b’luvid peṛnts ś hd left bhnd hr? Ɖs z a dificlt qsćn, bcz it z qt imposbl t se hǎ tîm dz wer on in ɖ Neṿland, ẃr it z calkletd bî mūnz n súnz, n ɖr r evr so mni mor v ɖm ɖn on ɖ mênḷnd. Bt I am afreid ɖt Wndi dd nt riyli wuri abt hr faɖr n muɖr; ś wz abṣlutli confidnt ɖt ɖe wd olwz cīp ɖ windo opn fr hr t flî bac bî, n ɖs gev hr cmplit īz v mînd. Ẃt dd dstrb hr at tîmz wz ɖt Jon rmembrd hiz peṛnts vegli onli, az ppl h hd wns noun, ẃl Mîcl wz qt wilñ t b’liv ɖt ś wz riyli hiz muɖr. Ɖz ʈñz scerd hr a litl, n nobli añśs t d hr dyti, ś traid t fix ɖ old lîf in ɖer mîndz bî setñ ɖm xaṃneśn peprz on it, az lîc az poṣbl t ɖ wnz ś yst t d at scūl. Ɖ uɖr bôz ʈt ɖs ōḟli inṭrestñ, n insistd on jônñ, n ɖe md slets fr ɖmslvz, n sat rnd ɖ tebl, raitñ n ʈncñ hard abt ɖ qsćnz ś hd ritn on anɖr slet n pást rnd. Ɖe wr ɖ most ordnri qsćnz—“Ẃt wz ɖ culr v Muɖr’z îz? Ẃć wz tōlr, Faɖr or Muɖr? Wz Muɖr blond or brūnét? Ansr ol ʈri qsćnz f poṣbl.” “(A) Rait an ese v nt les ɖn 40 wrdz on Hǎ I spent mî last Hoḷdez, or Ɖ Caṛctrz v Faɖr n Muɖr cmperd. Onli wn v ɖz t b atmtd.” Or “(1) Dscrîb Muɖr’z laf; (2) Dscrîb Faɖr’z laf; (3) Dscrîb Muɖr’z Parti Dres; (4) Dscrîb ɖ Cenl n its Inmet.”

Ɖe wr jst evride qsćnz lîc ɖz, n ẃn y cd nt ansr ɖm y wr tld t mc a cros; n it wz riyli dredfl ẃt a numbr v crosz īvn Jon md. V cors ɖ onli bô hu rplaid t evri qsćn wz Slîtli, n nwn cd hv bn mor hopfl v cmñ ǎt frst, bt hiz ansrz wr prficli r’dikḷs, n h riyli cem ǎt last: a meḷnc̣li ʈñ.

Pītr dd nt cmpit. Fr wn ʈñ h dspîzd ol muɖrz xpt Wndi, n fr anɖr h wz ɖ onli bô on ɖ îḷnd hu cd nɖr rait nr spel; nt ɖ smōlist wrd. H wz abv ol ɖt sort v ʈñ.

Bî ɖ we, ɖ qsćnz wr ol ritn in ɖ past tns. Ẃt wz ɖ culr v Muɖr’z îz, n so on. Wndi, y si, hd bn fgetñ, tù.

Advnćrz, v cors, az w śl si, wr v dêli ocuṛns; bt abt ɖs tîm Pītr invntd, wɖ Wndi’z hlp, a ny gem ɖt faṣnetd him inorṃsli, untl h sudnli hd no mor inṭrest in it, ẃć, az y hv bn tld, wz ẃt olwz hapnd wɖ hiz gemz. It cnsistd in pritndñ nt t hv advnćrz, in dwñ ɖ sort v ʈñ Jon n Mîcl hd bn dwñ ol ɖer livz, sitñ on stūlz flññ bōlz in ɖ er, pśñ ć uɖr, gwñ ǎt fr wōcs n cmñ bac wɖt hvñ cild so mć az a grizli. T si Pītr dwñ nʈñ on a stūl wz a gret sît; h cd nt hlp lcñ soḷm at sć tîmz, t sit stil sīmd t him sć a comic ʈñ t d. H bostd ɖt h hd gn wōcñ fr ɖ gd v hiz hlʈ. Fr sevṛl súnz ɖz wr ɖ most novl v ol advnćrz t him; n Jon n Mîcl hd t pritnd t b dlîtd olso; uɖ̇wz h wd hv trītd ɖm svirli.

H ofn wnt ǎt alon, n ẃn h cem bac y wr nvr abṣlutli srtn ẃɖr h hd hd an advnćr or nt. H mt hv fgotn it so cmplitli ɖt h sd nʈñ abt it; n ɖen ẃn y wnt ǎt y faund ɖ bodi; n, on ɖ uɖr hand, h mt se a gret dīl abt it, n yt y cd nt fînd ɖ bodi. Smtmz h cem hom wɖ hiz hed bandijd, n ɖen Wndi cùd ovr him n beɖd it in lūcworm wōtr, ẃl h tld a daẓlñ têl. Bt ś wz nvr qt śr, y nǒ. Ɖr wr, hvr, mni advnćrz ẃć ś ń t b tru bcz ś wz in ɖm hrslf, n ɖr wr stl mor ɖt wr at līst partli tru, fr ɖ uɖr bôz wr in ɖm n sd ɖe wr hoļi tru. T dscrîb ɖm ol wd rqîr a bc az larj az an Ñgliś-Latin, Latin-Ñgliś Dix́nri, n ɖ most w cn d z t gv wn az a spesimn v an aṿrij aur on ɖ îḷnd. Ɖ dificlti z ẃć wn t ćūz. Śd w tec ɖ bruś wɖ ɖ redscinz at Slîtli Gulć? It wz a sanḡnri afer, n ispeṣ́li inṭrestñ az śowñ wn v Pītr’z pkliaṛtiz, ẃć wz ɖt in ɖ midl v a fît h wd sudnli ćenj sîdz. At ɖ Gulć, ẃn vicṭri wz stl in ɖ baḷns, smtmz līnñ ɖs we n smtmz ɖt, h cōld ǎt, “I’m redscin tde; ẃt r y, Tūtlz?” N Tūtlz ansrd, “Redscin; ẃt r y, Nibz?” n Nibz sd, “Redscin; ẃt r y Twin?” n so on; n ɖe wr ol redscinz; n v cors ɖs wd hv endd ɖ fît hd nt ɖ riyl redscinz faṣnetd bî Pītr’z meʈ̇dz, agrìd t b lost bôz fr ɖt wns, n so at it ɖe ol wnt agn, mor firsli ɖn evr.

Ɖ xtrordnri upśot v ɖs advnćr wz—bt w hv nt dsîdd yt ɖt ɖs z ɖ advnćr w r t nret. Phps a betr wn wd b ɖ nît’tac bî ɖ redscinz on ɖ hǎs undr ɖ grǎnd, ẃn sevṛl v ɖm stuc in ɖ holo triz n hd t b pld ǎt lîc corcs. Or w mt tel hǎ Pītr sevd Tîgr Lili’z lîf in ɖ Mrmeidz’ Lgūn, n so md hr hiz alî.

Or w cd tel v ɖt cec ɖ pîṛts cct so ɖt ɖ bôz mt īt it n periś; n hǎ ɖe plest it in wn cunñ spot aftr anɖr; bt olwz Wndi snaćt it fṛm ɖ handz v hr ćildṛn, so ɖt in tîm it lost its sukḷns, n bcem az hard az a ston, n wz yzd az a misîl, n Hc fél ovr it in ɖ darc.

Or s’poz w tel v ɖ brdz ɖt wr Pītr’z frendz, ptiklrli v ɖ Nvr brd ɖt bilt its nst in a tri oṿhaññ ɖ l’gūn, n hǎ ɖ nst fél intu ɖ wōtr, n stl ɖ brd sat on hr egz, n Pītr gev ordrz ɖt ś wz nt t b dstrbd. Ɖt z a priti stori, n ɖ end śoz hǎ gretfl a brd cn b; bt f w tel it w mst olso tel ɖ hol advnćr v ɖ l’gūn, ẃć wd v cors b telñ tū advnćrz rɖr ɖn jst wn. A śortr advnćr, n qt az xîtñ, wz Tncr Bel’z atmt, wɖ ɖ hlp v sm strītfẹriz, t hv ɖ slīpñ Wndi cnveid on a gret flotñ līf t ɖ mênḷnd. Forćṇtli ɖ līf gev we n Wndi wouc, ʈncñ it wz baʈtîm, n swam bac. Or agn, w mt ćūz Pītr’z dfayns v ɖ laynz, ẃn h drù a srcl rnd him on ɖ grǎnd wɖ an aro n derd ɖm t cros it; n ɖo h wêtd fr aurz, wɖ ɖ uɖr bôz n Wndi lcñ on breʈlisli fṛm triz, nt wn v ɖm derd t axpt hiz ćalinj.

Ẃć v ɖz advnćrz śl w ćūz? Ɖ bst we wl b t tos fr it.

I hv tóst, n ɖ l’gūn hz wún. Ɖs olmst mcs wn wś ɖt ɖ Gulć or ɖ cec or Tnc’s līf hd wún. V cors I cd d it agn, n mc it bst ǎt v ʈri; hvr, phps fẹrist t stic t ɖ l’gūn.

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Clasics in Ñspel: Thus can my love excuse the slow offence – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 51

Sonit 51: Ɖus cn mî luv xkz ɖ slo ofns

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

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Ɖus cn mî luv xkz ɖ slo ofns
V mî dul berr ẃn fṛm ɖi I spīd:
Fṛm ẃr ɖǎ art ẃ śd I hest m ɖns?
Tl I rtrn, v postñ z no nīd.
Ǒ! ẃt xks wl mî pur bīst ɖen fînd,
Ẃn swift xtreṃti cn sīm bt slo?
Ɖen śd I spr, ɖo mǎntd on ɖ wind,
In wñid spīd no mośn śl I nǒ,
Ɖen cn no hors wɖ mî dzîr cīp pes.
Ɖrfr dzîr (v prficst luv biyñ md)
Śl ne, no dul fleś, in hiz fîri rês;
Bt luv, fr luv, ɖus śl xkz mî jed –
Sins fṛm ɖi gwñ, h wnt wilfl-slo,
Twdz ɖi I’l run, n gv him līv t g.

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