Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | The Woven Path

Gravestones at Whitby abbey
In this post we record for posterity and remembrance the names of all those who have fallen to the fatal stroke of Mr Jarvis’ pen. Hero, villain, or neither, we honour their sacrifice for the greater myth of the story.

 The deceased of The Woven Path are as follows:

ANGELO SIGNORELLI   (The Woven Path | Prologue – The Woven Path | Ch 23) Wartime GI turned loud-mouthed stuffed toy, Angelo risked his very soul to save those he loved and liberate the world from the menace of Belial, Archduke of Demons. Following his untimely death, this courageous airman was imprisoned by the Sisters Webster in the body of the teddy bear he had kept as a good luck charm. By the mercy of the Nornir he was able to return to his own past and save the love of his life, Jean Evans, and her baby son, from an early grave. He is remembered by Jean, and by Neil Chapman, who will always count him a true friend.

FRANK JEFFRIES   (The Woven Path | Prologue – The Woven Path | Ch 21) Friend and fellow airman to Angelo, Frank was a somewhat put-upon young man with a kind heart and nervous demeanour. Unsuited for life as a GI and unable to cope with the trauma of his occupation, Frank sought solace in Jean’s friend Kathleen Hewett. That lady, however, was not the steadfast sweetheart Frank had been hoping for. In her unhinged attempt to join with Belial and wreak havoc upon London, Ms Hewett stabbed Frank and left him to die, causing Angelo to later be blamed for her actions. Frank was mourned by his family in America, and remembered by those of his squadron who survived the war.

ARNOLD PORTER  (The Woven Path | Ch 8) Long-suffering Mr Porter was one of the three air-raid wardens whose mission it was to apprehend Edie Dorkins and remove her from the apparent danger of her bombsite lair. Though he and his group never succeeded in this, Arnold was able to protect another young person; he was the first to come upon Neil, who had just emerged from the Webster’s time vortex. Sadly, in saving Neil from a parachute mine, Mr Porter lost his life. As a ghost, he spent his empty time in the bombsite he had tried so hard to rescue Edie from, as one of her unquiet ‘subjects’. He was later consumed by Belial, only to be ultimately freed when that fiend was confined once more.

TOMMY   (The Woven Path | Ch 9 – The Woven Path | Ch 11) Beloved pet and companion to Doris Meacham, this faithful dachshund was seriously injured in an act of nauseating brutality by three local youths, who were acting upon the insinuations of Mrs Stokes. He was later put down rather harshly by Kathleen Hewett. Tommy was adored by Mrs Meacham and sorely missed by her for the remainder of her life.

DORIS MEACHAM   (The Woven Path | Ch 9 – The Woven Path | Ch 12) Head of the ladies’ ‘make do and mend’ circle, neighbour to the Stokes family and landlady to Ms Hewett, Mrs Meacham was a hard-working member of her community who was occasionally thought of as conceited and shallow by those around her. She was the first victim of Belial, and died a grisly and tragic death in a lonely alleyway not far from her own home. It is not known whether Mrs Meacham had any family, but she was certainly mourned by her friends and the wider community.

PETER STOKES   (The Woven Path | Ch 9 – The Woven Path | Ch 15) Father-in-law to Jean, Mr Stokes was a kindly, mild-mannered man who had already lost his son Billy to the war. This grief haunted Mr Stokes for many years, and was his undoing when he was lured to his doom by Belial. Like Arnold Porter, Mr Stokes was freed from the world at the defeat of the Archduke of Demons, and was remembered fondly by all who knew him.

MICKEY HARMON   (The Woven Path | Ch 11 – The Woven Path | Ch 20) A friend to Neil during his time in 1943, Mickey was an excitable and somewhat morbid lad with enthusiasm for everything and a strong imagination. He was barbarically murdered by Kathleen Hewett in her bid for power, and was mourned by his father and by Neil.

IRENE STOKES   (The Woven Path | Ch 9 – The Woven Path | Ch 21) The sour and hateful head of the Stokes family, Mrs Stokes was not mourned when she died in the Bethnal Green tube disaster. Perpetrator of a thousand small evils, this vile old woman only served to release her family from a lifetime of suffering by her death. If she was remembered at all, it was with dislike and reproach.

MR ORMEROD   (The Woven Path | Ch 17 – The Woven Path | 22) This odious man briefly employed Kathleen Hewett as a spy before being blown to pieces during the munitions explosion which Miss Hewett orchestrated in her attempt to impress Belial. He was not missed.

KATHLEEN HEWETT   (The Woven Path Ch 10 – The Woven Path | Ch 23) A spy masquerading as an orphaned munitions factory worker, Miss Hewett revealed herself to be a cold and calculating murderess without a shred of humanity. After committing countless acts of cruelty and depravity, and attempting to join Belial in his plans of ruination, she was eventually executed when she mistakenly caught Edie’s incendiary bomb necklace. Good riddance.

 

As a final note, ANGELO SIGNORELLI would like to convey to NEIL CHAPMAN the following message from the beyond: ‘You did good, kid, but you ain’t landed safe yet. Don’t trust them dodgy broads to have your back, they’ve got woo of their own to deal with, n’ it’s far scarier than some ol’ roach that got too big for its box. Watch out for yourself, kid, that’ll see you through. So long.’ 

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3 thoughts on “Mr Jarvis’ Book of the Dead | The Woven Path

  1. Sorry, just caught up on this exchange. Fascinating story, Robin, but also somewhat grim about what things get covered up and not talked about if it suits a particular narrative of the people in charge. You can understand Churchill’s logic – he would be thinking that a story like that could cause a disastrous level of demoralisation in the UK – but the level of trauma that people had to live with thinking about it. That is truly upsetting.

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  2. I said back near the beginning that I had to make another change in this. It was Mickey’s age. Originally he was about the same aage as Neil but it was felt that a young victim would have been too gruesome so he was made older. I still disagree.

    I’d also like to comment on the Bethnal Green Disaster. I included it for a reason. This terrible tragedy, which was the war’s worst civilian disaster, had been hushed up on the instructions of Churchill so as not to damage the country’s morale, but even afterwards very few knew about it and the cover up lasted over 30 years. The survivors, the families of those who died, the medical staff who attended the dead and wounded, in fact the whole community, had to keep this awful event secret. They were ordered not to speak of it, and they didn’t. Apparently journalists tried to bribe local children with fivers for information (a fortune back then!) but those amazing, and undoubtedly traumatised, kids never breathed a word. I only found out about it when I used the research library at the Imperial War Museum while preparing for this book. Those were pre internet days, so there was no other way of learning about this and, as far as I knew, that’s how it was always going to be. I felt that if I could, in my own small way, make people aware of what happened, then that would be something. The only memorial was an insignificant little plaque which didn’t appear until 1993 and to me that wasn’t good enough.

    Since then the Bethnal Green Memorial Project has done a brilliant job raising awareness and making sure this, preventable, disaster would not be forgotten. The Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust was founded in 2007 to raise funds for a suitable monument to honour the 173 who died that night and on 17th December 2017 it was finally unveiled in a ceremony attended by relatives and remaining survivors.

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    • That’s wonderful to learn – I’m glad that further awareness is being raised about the tragedy and that those who lost their lives are now commemorated properly. Thank you for sharing that detail of your research process with us, it’s highly commendable that you sought to make people (especially young people) aware of the Bethnal Green Disaster in a time when it wasn’t widely known about. These days it’s easy to forget that details of events like this were not always available at the touch of a button, but I hope The Woven Path continues to raise awareness in young people about the disaster even in this digital age.

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