Percy the Tease

I knew these little poetry books 

were coming home with me

as soon as I read this inscription

in the Wordsworth book:


To dear Maid Marion from Percy the Tease! With many happy returns of the day. October 20, 1912

the inscription in the Browning book reads

‘To dearest Marion, with best love from Fluffs’

Do you think Percy the Tease is also Fluffs?

He must be, surely.

I hope Percy the Tease and his Maid Marion had a long and happy life together.

















8 Responses to “Percy the Tease”

  1. chrissie Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 6:18 am

    what wonderful inscriptions – you can’t help wondering what their story was, with the First World War just around the corner

  2. ginny Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    what a wonderful, funny and romantic find.


  3. Dajda Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Hello, i’ve recently found your blog and enjoy reading it a lot.

    The inscriptions are charming, you could invent a whole novel around those few words! 🙂

  4. wonderwoman Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    that is so lovely..

  5. Christine Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Now there’s a cow parsley project in this month’s Stitch which I’m sure Maid Marion would have loved …!

  6. Pat Sieler Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    That is so sweet. Just think how long this sentiment has lived, almost 100 years. Maid Marian would blush to think that we are reading this now.
    That is quite a treasure

  7. julia Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I wish some Percy the Tease would come forward and give me books with inscriptions like that. I might be liable to marry him. Just because of the inscriptions.

  8. Gilli Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    What a great find! I have a feeling if Maid Marian had a friend named Percy the Tease she wouldn’t be blushing. She’d be laughing uproariously along with the rest of us.

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