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THE TEMPERING

bites. Lance-Sergeant Dagwood, a languid-seeming, slow-talking, meditative, inexhaustible old soldier out of Birkenhead, breaks up some odds and ends of timber, using only his fingers and feet. He tears to pieces a piece of two-inch plank with quiet deliberation, as if it were a Japanese wooden puzzle to which he knows the key. He is a bony man with a plain, knobbly face: the best shot in the battalion, imperturbable as a carved image, with hands like wrenches, arms that have the lifting-power of cranes, and only one hot passion-the game and play of football. Placidly smoking an absurd little pipe, Dagwood shatters a twenty-pound lump of coal to bits with one calm and awful kick of his iron heel. "The times I've done this for my old woman," he says. A match rasps; the draught sighs, then bellows. The stove is going.
" Where's Bullock?" somebody asks.
Barker says: "Boxing. Officer says `Do you box?' Ole Bullock says `Yes.' `Amatyer or Professional?' `Pro,' says ole Bullock. The long and the short of it is, 'e's gorn to the gym. Cord blimey, I'd 'ate to 'ave to take ole Bullock on. I can use me forks a bit, but nothing like ole Bullock."
" Can he go?" asks Dagwood.
" Go? One smack from that right 'and, and yer jaw's just the place where yer teef used to be. 'E's a pro, I tell yer. 'E met Nippy ®liver."
Dagwood asks : "Who's Nippy Oliver?"
" Nippy went ten rahnds wiv Young Kilham."
" And who's Young Kilham ?"
" No kiddin', Sarnt? Don't yer know? Young Killlam drew with Hymie Gold. Hymie Gold went

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