The People’s Friend Magazine
D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd.
The Toll Gate
A short story by author Alison Carter.
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Illustration by Gerard Fay.
……She knew the sound of Jude Durham’s cartwheels, heavy on the road. Each vehicle had a sound of its own, from the light sharpness of a gentleman’s buggy to the slow rumble of a farm cart. Martha Briggs strolled out into the street just as Jude’s cart approached. “Spring’s coming,” she called out, and she lifted the long latch of the toll gate……
THE ILLUSTRATION BRIEF
Martha operates a toll gate and falls in love with carter Jude amid uncertain times for her trade.
Martha: mid-20s, colourful dress.
Jude: mid-20s, operates a pony and cart, working attire.
We see Martha and Jude beside the toll gate – see enclosed ref for general idea. If poss., it
would be good to show a pony and cart, too – the latter laden with the likes of bricks, sack
Season: November 5.
Mood: Gentle romance.