“I was thinkin’ it’s time they came back. Civil wars, I mean. Can’t think why they stopped havin’ them. They’re much better than all these abroad wars. Cheaper, too, ’cause you’ve not got to waste money on tickets goin’ out abroad to ’em, an’ you could come home to dinner when you wanted to. Why, it’d save money, havin’ a civil war. An’ there wouldn’t be all this messin’ about with foreign langwidges. Everyone’d understand what everyone else said. There’s no sense in foreign langwidges, anyway. They had civil wars in hist’ry an’ it’s a pity they ever stopped.”
- Number: 30.8
- Published: 1954
- Book: William and the Space Animal
- Synopsis: William organises a local skirmish.
Excited by a history lesson about the War of the Roses, William affixes the following sign to the Old Barn:
a sivil war will brake out this afternun at three oklock
fre to ennyone bring weppons.
cined William Brown.
William did not notice an old gentleman in formal morning suit coming down the path till a hand descended on his shoulder and a voice said, “What are you doing there, my boy?”
William looked up at his captor then bared his teeth in an ingratiating smile. “Me no spick English,” he said.
By good fortune, the Hall has been let for the summer to the Young Conservatives so a ready-made target for the civil war is available.
Discovered creeping about the grounds of the Hall, William pretends to be a miscellaneous foreigner, but to no avail…