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Sunday, August 6

A mount! a mount!

Sir Edgbert, knight of the realm, was hurrying home on a cold, dark, wet night when, suddenly, his horse suffers a major coronary and dies on the spot. All Sir Edgbert can do is collect up what belongings he could and tramp onwards. After staggering for a spell, he decides that he must get alternative transport. Accordingly, he heads for the nearest building which, as luck would have it, is a small farm. He strides up to the door, bangs on it, and shouts: "A horse! A horse! I must have a horse!"

The door opens to reveal a young girl. She looks at Sir Edgbert and says, "Your pardon, good night but my father and brothers are returning from the village on the other side of the forest and will not be back before noon tomorrow. They are riding all our horses."

"But I must return home immediately! Have you any idea where I may acquire alternative transportation?"

"I know of no other horses hereabouts," says the comely lass, "but sometimes my brothers ride our Great Dane dog when the need arises. Would that help?"

Sir Edgbert is desperate: "If I must, I must. Show me the animal."

The young girl leads the way around to the back of the farmhouse. She disappears for a few moments inside the stable, only to return leading an enormous dog which is quite of a size for riding. Unfortunately, the dog has seen better days. Its coat is threadbare, its legs are spindly, and it seems to be breathing labouriously.

Sir Edgbert looks at the young girl forlornly: "Surely, you wouldn't send a knight out on a dog like this?"

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