Although the letters are signed `H' it is clear that Skittles used the family pet-name `Cav' (short for Cavendish): in July 1860 she is assured, after a graphic account of his sufferings with a gumboil
, that `Cav loves oo and nobody else'.
Why couldn't he take his pals to the Pheasant and Flakjacket for a pint of Old Royal Gumboil
and a bag of cheese-and- onion, like any ordinary bloke?
I mumbled like Marlon Brando nursing a gumboil
and the director said: "Very nice but we don't usually say 'there shall be no more aches and kale'.