Posted: October 28, 2017 in What Pegman Saw
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Today Pegman took us to Norfolk Island. An interesting place full of intriguing history.

Just last eve Aengus, Mich, Enda and me drew lottery straws. Mich drew the shortest. Me and Enda the long. That left Aengus the murdering lad. Mich the lad to die. We other two will witness all and be more than glad to tell.

If you’re nay here on Norfolk Island where Satan rules with a floggin whip and the fields be strewn with blood, you’ll think we friends have turned our backs against the lads we love.

But if you knew we four and the place we are from
you’d recognize the bond we share
through Father Maguire who preaches suicide as sin

But now we’re left to fixin things the very best we can

Mich’ll be freed by Aengus’s blade. Aengus freed by the rope. With any luck Enda and me will escape this wretched island of death with truths to tell back home.

The ‘Lottery’ explained by an entry in an Irishman’s Diary
The extent of the horror experienced on Norfolk Island between 1824 to 1847 led to what was known as “the Norfolk lottery.” Irish convicts feared that suicide, being an unforgivable sin, would send them to eternal hell.To get around the dilemma they devised a plan where four convicts drew straws: one would be murdered, one would be the murderer and two would act as witnesses at the trial to ensure a conviction.The victim would escape life without fear of going to hell, the murderer would be executed, escape a miserable life and the fear of going to hell, and the witnesses would testify at a trial in either Sydney or Hobart. Just getting off the island was a holiday for them and would possibly present an opportunity to escape.

  1. Excellent piece, Lynn. I really like the voice in this one.

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  2. James says:

    You’re right. Finding and using the same photo as the prompt is amazing. I remember reading about the lottery. The whole tale of the penal colony could be made into a terrifying horror film.

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  3. k rawson says:

    Chilling. The voice is tragic and perfect!

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  4. Lynn Love says:

    I agree with the others – a chilling tale, all the more horrifying for being inspired by reality. I can’t imagine how awful life must have been on the island to make the convicts devise the Norfolk Lottery, when death is the only option. A well told tale, Alicia – loved the language, the tone, the voice. Very well done

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  5. I liked the Irish accent here, Lish, to be sure. And what a sad tale. What a horrible place. Neatly portrayed in your story. Grand work.

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  6. Sarah Ann says:

    So good. Thanks for the explanation. Your story worked without it, leaving the reader wondering what was going on on the island, and why they wanted to leave – nice and creepy that way.

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  7. draliman says:

    Yeek, very grim. Such desperation to formulate such a plan.

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  8. pennygadd51 says:

    A grim tale, for certain. I admired the way you used the layout of the text to enhance the sing-song nature of the voice. I don’t know how close the voice is to Irish, but it gives a good impression of it, and feels authentic. Kudos!

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  9. prior.. says:

    how interesting to learn about the drawing of straws – enjoyed the history and your writing….

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  10. tedstrutz says:

    This was just excellent, true storytelling. Thank you for the history lesson.


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