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Posted by beardbiter on February 13, 2020 at 13:36:42 user beardbiter.

Recently,I was indulging in a comfort re-read of S&A when I started to wonder about the Billies and their serpent. What were the origins of this tradition? What does it mean? I'd always assumed that AR was relaying a standard piece of Lakeland folklore but a quick google search on 'charcoal burners and adders' drew a blank. Does anyone here know more?

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