Palaver At the Pony

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AuthorHouse, Oct 21, 2004 - Fiction - 220 pages
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This light-hearted novel is concerned with the preservation of witty and meaningful conversation. As O’Henry wrote, “One should inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.” The three middle-aged main characters are of widely different backgrounds: Two Welshmen, TEDDY VAUGHAN-JONES, the sophisticate; WILL, the consummate roue’; and ELIZABETH, an American of scholarly bent, meet regularly at a pub, THE WELSH PONY. They are dedicated to maintaining the “Art of Conversation” which seems to be fading in this fast-moving world of high-tech communication.

The happy times at the pub are in jeopardy when the Department of Immigration limits Elizabeth’s stay in Britain. Can either of the confirmed bachelors, Teddy or Will, make the supreme sacrifice to marry Elizabeth to keep her in Wales?

 

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Contents

CHANGES
1
THE PACT
7
A CURIOUS YARN
15
FRIENDSHIP GONE AWRY
21
COURAGE IN THE CEMETERY
31
AN INTERIM ACCOUNT OF THE STATE OF AFFAIRS
37
DEBATE ON CREATIVITY IN MUSIC
43
THE LIMERICK CHALLENGE
53
THE REDCLOAKS
117
GALLANTRY AND HEARTBREAK
125
BE OF GOOD CHEER
135
THE SPLENDOUR FALLS ON CASTLE WALLS
143
TOWN GOWN
149
RAISINS IN THE DOUGH
157
MATRIMONIAL MATTERS
177
AN INTERCONTINENTAL CRISIS
183

AS THE PLANET TURNS A PLAYLET
69
MURDER METHODS
75
ADVERSARIES OF COMMITMENT
85
LEADERSHIP AND DIPLOMACY
93
THE BRITISH FACADE SYNDROME
107
WILLS SOLUTION TO ELIZABETHS DILEMMA
187
VAUGHANJONES SOLUTION TO ELIZABETHS DILEMMA
193
ESCAPE TO LONDON
199
SINGING WALES
205
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