A debt-collector arrives in Lark Rise looking to seize Caroline Arless' property and send her to debtors' prison. A Mr. Ashlow arrives in the village looking for his two daughters, who turn out to be the Pratt sisters. Ruby is not pleased to see him and will have nothing to do with him. They also shock Candleford with their new window display. Ashlow engages Caroline as a prop in selling his patent medicine, which proves to be quite popular, and in his gambling, which proves equally lucrative. Dorcas shows Laura her dead letter box containing correspondence that cannot be delivered or returned to the sender. In it, they find many letters written to Ashlow's daughters under their previous names.
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Pearl Pratt, saying "shambolic, as always," chides Ruby for Ruby's clumsiness when the sisters were revealing their new window display to the town. The word "shambolic" did not come about until the 1960s or '70s. See more
Traditional, attributed to Henry J. Sayers
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