As Dan Tailor searched for his overcoat, Mr Griff was striding on. 'Will Evans,' he called outside the carpenter's shop, 'Dai Thomas has been to Llanstephan, and he's got his waistcoat on.'

'I'll tell Morgan now,' said the carpenter's wife out of the hammering, sawing darkness of the shop...

We trotted on, we crept up Constitution Hill, we rattled down into Lammas Street, and the tailor still rang his bell and a dog ran, squealing, in front of his wheels.

Dylan Thomas, 'A Visit to Grandpa's,' from Portrait of the Artist as a young Dog, New Directions, 1955, p. 34

TIME : early 20th C.

PLACE: Wales

CIRCUMSTANCE: the men organize to search for Dai Thomas



He threw the snowball high into the silently driving fall. Edith's crying in the deadened park was clear and thin as a whistle.

Dylan Thomas, 'Patricia, Edith, and Arnold,' from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, New Directions, 1955, p. 42.

TIME: early 20th c.

PLACE: Wales

CIRCUMSTANCE: two girls confront their mutual beau in the snow.



The wind changed. Thin rain began. The sands themselves went out. We stood in the scooped, windy room of the arch, listening to the noises from the muffled town, a goods train shunting, a siren in the docks, the hoarse trams in the street far behind, one bark of a dog, unplaceable sounds, iron being beaten, the distant creaking of wood, doors slamming where there were no houses, an engine coughing like a sheep on a hill.

...Why was he humped here with a moody man and myself, listening to our breathing, to the sea, the wind scattering sand through the archway, a chained dog and a foghorn and the rumble of trains a dozen streets away....

I heard the sea in a cold bit of the cheery night.

Dylan Thomas, 'Just Like Little Dogs,' from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, New Directions, 1955, p. 78-80.

TIME: Early 20th c.

PLACE: Wales

CIRCUMSTANCE: three young men under a railway arch