Seven Days' Leave

Genre: Drama
80 min

long, long, journey, it says.

You don't say so? -That's the

best of the news I've heard

since the spring advancement!

-Come along, Mrs Dowey!

Watercresses, ladies?

-Eh, not today, thank you!

The idea! You'd think

she'd know her place!

Working in a fish shop! -But

she has a son at the front!

She may have a son at the front, just

the same she always smells like a bloater!

I'd like to tell you what me son

writes me from the war, ladies!

Won't that be nice? -It would

be better if you told us inside!

You know Mrs Dowey I ain't

never set foot in your home,

since you come to

live in Friday street!

Oh what a horrible smell!

Oh it ain't me ladies, it's the apron!

The open air's the place for that!

-Oh well I'll hang it on the railings!

Make yourselves at home, ladies!

Shall I lay the table,

Mrs Dowey? -Yes, do!

You'll find the things over

there! -I'll fix the watercress!

Thank you. You'll find a pot

of raspberry jam there too!

Oh I love raspberry jam,

and a thick slice of bread!


One's my ration. Quite enough

for anybody, these days!

My son writes me, they have more

sugar in the army than they could eat!

My son Percy writes me

quite a different story,

and he's never told me a

lie ever since I knowed him!

What does your son Kenneth write

to you on the subject, Mrs Dowey?

Oh, my Kenneth... he doesn't concern

himself with small things like that.

The Black Watch have

their problems above sugar!

I say it is so, what

my son Percy writes!

I say it may be so.

I suppose I ought to know. Neither

has a son a prisoner in Germany!

Being the only lady present

that has that proud misfortune...

My son is fighting in France!

Mine wounded in two places!

Mine's in 'Saloneiki'!

Oh, you'll excuse me Mrs Haggerty,

but the correct pronunciation of that,

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