Hunch, the hen, whose vocab is constrained to the
extreme but very articulate expression ‘puck’, claims
she dreams of being a Shakespearian actor.
What’s more she sees a role that’s tailor-made; not
Puck as you might opine but Nick Bottom with whom
she shares a belief she can discretely play all or any
actor’s part in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I don’t want to play the fool for her myself but I can’t
see a case where she could wear a donkey’s head with
the necessary conviction – let alone bear Titania’s fiery
love. I must say though that I like her spritely style and
agree that she should have a chance.
I decree she shall star as The Hunchback in Richard III
at the next Shakespearean festival. On second thoughts,
just being Puck might make much more sense...
© 26 April 2007, I.D. Carswell
For the record, sadly Hunch departed this realm 8 October 2008;
a short but eminently memorable Chicken Pen Jester’s life...