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'Their Own Story' is a fragment of an early version of Peter Duck. It starts two days after Christmas of the year in which Swallows and Amazons is set (presumably 1930).

CharactersEdit

BoatsEdit

Polly Ann and, in a way, Wild Cat.

Plot summaryEdit

The Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint are holidaying in the Norfolk Broads on board a wherry, the Polly Ann. They discuss the recently-published book, Swallows and Amazons and propose telling a story of their own.

Mr Duck appears the next morning, initially to deliver the milk, and then he seems to assume a position as crewmember. He proposes the name Wild Cat for the schooner in their story, they move Polly Ann to avoid being frozen in, and Titty comes up with the main plot for their story.

TimelineEdit

dates in December 1930:

27 December (TOS1): Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint are holidaying in the Norfolk Broads on board a wherry, the Polly Ann. They discuss the recently-published book, Swallows and Amazons and propose telling a story of their own.
28 December (TOS2): Mr Duck proposes the name Wild Cat for the schooner in their story, they move Polly Ann to avoid being frozen in, and Titty comes up with the main plot for their story.

PublicationEdit

'Their Own Story' is printed in Arthur Ransome and Capt. Flint's Trunk

Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series

Swallows and Amazons | 'Their Own Story' | Swallowdale | Peter Duck | Winter Holiday | Coot Club | Pigeon Post | We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea | The Big Six | Secret Water | Missee Lee | The Picts and the Martyrs | 'Coots in the North' | Great Northern?

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