But shes to be there Let me jump out owagon and go back and drown me At Pumney or Ten Hatches Weir

(Hardy 1930:194)

In Hardy's 'One Ralph Blossom Soliloquizes' the story is reported in the Budmouth

Borough minutes of 16_. One Ralph Blossom was asked to pay towards the upkeep of seven women 'who were mayds before they knew him'. But since, say the records, Ralph was 'dying of purple fever', no actual payments were requested. All this comes in an epigraph to the poem, which then begins with Ralph's own words just before his death. 'What will these seven women say to me?' Three show regret at what happened and blame him or themselves, but the four who speak after them show him kindness, genuine sexual gratitude:

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