It wasn’t Amos Smith’s fault he had a mother who ruled his household, vowing to step aside for no-one.
But Amos remained a bachelor, until he returned from a business trip with a wife riding behind him.
The town sat back to watch an entertaining power struggle.
It never materialised. The old lady huffed and puffed, and swore, and spread vile rumours. The younger simply shouldered her aside, and ran the house as she saw fit.
The Michaelmas hiring fair came.
Amos’ mother decided to gain her son’s sympathy by putting herself up for hire.
Amos let her go…