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As clocks and other timepieces were expensive, working class folk who could not afford to rise with the sun could employ a “knocker-upper” to tap on their windowpane at a scheduled time. Knocker-uppers would work through the night and into the early morning. — Kayte
But then Miss Dempsey paid her so great a compliment that she wanted to hurl herself over the edge of the theater balcony in delight.
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Summer Reading List
13th July, 1891

Miss Dawson,

I hope it isn’t too presumptuous to pester you during the holidays – I suppose you’re taking well deserved time off from studying – but I’ve been trying to recall the title of that neat little library book you were revising from at the end of last term (green cover, useful diagrams, had a broken spine?) and for the life of me, it’s gone from my head. Do you remember it? I’d be much obliged if you do, I’m trying to track down a copy of my own before seventh year.

How has your summer been so far? Not missing the Hogwarts library too much, I hope? (I am joking, though I expect it probably sounds like I do.)

Thank you, regardless!

Nelson Higgs

@Alice Dawson

July 14th, 1891
Dear Mr. Higgs,

It isn't presumptuous at all. I never mind hearing from a friend over these slow summer months.

I believe the book you're inquiring after is One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Headmistress Phyllida Spore. My copy of it is quite worn with a similar crack in its spine, I would be happy to show it to you come the school year. Sending it on with the owl seems a bit risky given its already fragile condition.

It seems impossible to not miss the Hogwarts library after how much time spent there these last few years. I most certainly long for the silence of the stacks. How is yours? Do you see much excitement over the summer holidays?

Ms. Alice Dawson

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15th July, 1891

Miss Dawson,

That’s the one, thank you! And that’s kind of you, but I would never have wanted you to bother sending it to me, I would hate to steal your copy for the summer! I meant to order myself the book anyway, to brush up on my Herbology this summer because I’m thinking of – but for some reason I was mixing it up with something by Selina Sapworthy so didn’t find it on my last trip to the bookshop.

That is, if I can find any time to study at home, because there’s rarely any silence here. My older brothers make up for my lack of noise ten times over, and that’s only between three of them. And not even counting the racket my mother can make, if she tries. But I think your family is bigger than mine? So perhaps I’m lucky, and don’t know what I’m talking about! Do yours find ways to pester you at every opportunity?

So I wouldn’t say excitement, but it’s been busy enough. I’ve spent most days out roaming the park by the house, Hampstead Heath – but I’ve heard about a chess tournament in Hogsmeade and some garden exhibition later this month, so might see about those. What about you?

Nelson Higgs

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