The Egg And I

Debora Weston reads from Betty MacDonald's bitingly funny memoir of early married life on a chicken ranch during the 1920s, in the wildest part of the North Western United States.

Abridged by Jennifer Howarth.

Episodes

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01*20080107

Debora Weston reads from Betty MacDonald's bitingly funny memoir of early married life on a chicken ranch during the 1920s, in the wildest part of the North Western United States.

Abridged by Jennifer Howarth."

Betty learns that a lady never scratches or spits and has a duty to ensure her husband is happy in his work.".

02*20080108

Bob and Betty take a trip to see the farm.

03*20080109

Betty wishes she had studied mule-skinning or carpentry instead of ballet.

It would have been more useful on the farm.

04*20080110

Betty takes advice from Mrs Kettle about her disastrous breadmaking and struggles to get through all her chores.

05*20080111

Betty despairs of the bats, the outdoor privy, the chicken lice and the lack of a radio or telephone.

On the other hand, she has plenty of eggs.

06*20080114

Betty gets to know Paw and Maw Kettle and their 15 children.

07*20080115

Life in the wilderness depends on door-to-door salesmen, who ask the most embarassing questions.

08*20080116

Betty and Bob receive visits from not altogether friendly wildlife.

09*20080117

Mrs Kettle dismisses Betty's childcare pamphlets as a sinister government conspiracy.

10 LAST*20080118

Paw Kettle fills the hay mow with wet hay, causing what he believes to be spontaneous combustion.