Our most recent story adventure has taken us all the way back to 1731 in Georgian London. The children stepped into the life of a ten year old in poverty stricken London taking on a whole new host of characters and stepping into places barely recognisable today! This is the story of Alfie Little and the Blaguard Boys. Our story began quite ordinarily in the 21st century with a little boy, Alfie Little.
Alfie Little was a boy who did what he wanted, when he wanted because he wanted to and that was as simple as that. It didn’t matter if what he did was wrong or what he did upset or bothered other children, as long as Alfie Little didn’t get into trouble for it, it was ok. That’s right, Alfie Little sure was trouble but how did he get away with so very much? Simple, for you see Alfie Little was so very Little and being so very little nobody could ever quite believe that Alife was capable of doing anything wrong.
Our tale soon took a peculiar turn, when one day Alife mysteriously found himself in a cramped attic amidst a roomful of boys all about his age, wearing peculiar baggy shirts and socks pulled up to their knees. We soon discovered that these boys were homeless and spent their days stealing all sorts of odd bits and bobs! Shirts hanging on a washing line, handkerchiefs from the pockets of men at the market and just about anything they could get their hands on to sell.
Well when Alife meets Tommy who introduces him to their life, he thinks it all sounds terribly exciting and cannot wait to get out into the streets of London to begin pinching and stashing as many things as possible! But what happens when it all goes terribly wrong, when Alfie is caught stealing a handkerchief out of the pocket of an elderly gentleman? Well Alfie and Tommy are sent to the Old Bailey and are tried for petty larceny! The punishment they faced was a terrible one indeed, transportation- they would be sent off on a ship on a treacherous journey to the colonies!
For the first time in all his life little Alfie Little was faced with a situation which he couldn’t get out of, there was no one else to blame, or was there? Well, we soon discovered that the judge was offering an interesting proposal, if they gave up the names of all of the other boys who lived in the attic and stole on the streets then they would take the blame for their crime and be sentenced to transportation instead!
Well Alfie thought that this was a great idea; he couldn’t believe they had the opportunity to get off completely free! Tommy however did not think quite the same way. Tommy did not think that it was right for them to push the blame onto others who did not commit their crime. Soon enough Alfie began to think that Tommy was one of the bravest boys he had ever met.
Tommy was so brave, Tommy was probably one of the bravest boys Alife had ever met in his life. He had no home, little food and no money and was forced into stealing in order to live. And yet when caught, Tommy was brave enough to face the consequences of his actions.
For the first time in his life Alife decided to face the consequences of his actions when all of a sudden the judge looked at Tommy with large frog like eyes and as Alife’s eyes grew heavier and heavier suddenly the judge looked rather familiar…
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