Easy, I thought, I’ll take a few historical figures, take liberties with them and that can be my back story. Oh what a silly billy. I have been working out how old my real personage would be when he did various deeds that I have made him do – 72 and 81. For him to meet even someone’s grandson, the grandson will be about 97. So I have been desperately re-writing the time lines of history, finding that I have to write the whole story of a document which came into being in 1746 and then doesn’t reappear until 1996. I had imagined I could just draw a veil over the intervening 250 years but no, I keep thinking things like “but what was it doing all that time? How did it get here? Who found it? Why did they not tell anyone?” etc. Next time I will make the whole thing up and then when people say “that didn’t really happen,” I can say, no, you are right, I just made it up.”
My question for this evening is why (and this actually happened) would an 88 year old man bother to hang himself? Answers on a post card please for this rather morbid suject.