The Dog and Duck is owned by Mister Ket
But really, Arabella runs the show.
She keeps the patrons fed, their whistles wet,
And counters saucy banter like a pro.
She lets the drinkers moan about their lot,
And never tells them off for racist jokes.
She listens to complaints while pouring shots,
As she attends the men of Buckley Oak.
But 'Bella's keeping secret her true self –
She's writing up her second PhD.
Examining the local folk through stealth
For studies into rural bigotry.
A gentleman shouts “Women shouldn't vote!”
And 'Bella lifts her pen to scrawl a note.