‘Fire!’ shouted Edward, pointing at the bakery. ‘Hobbington, old friend, we must do something.’
‘Should I fetch buckets?’ asked the clergyman. Edward shook his head.
‘No,’ he said. ‘The pace at which that fire is spreading would make buckets useless. We ideally need a pressurised system of pipes and tubes to spray water across the building from a distance, possibly carried on some kind of large vehicle.’
‘Such a thing would take many men to operate,’ observed the Reverend Hobbington.
‘Men and women,’ said Edward. ‘There is no reason whatever that women should be considered inferior to men in carrying out physically demanding tasks or taking on other responsibilities. In fact, should we ever have a system of government which functioned purely on the basis of a popular mandate, I think that women should be given an equal say to men.’
‘My goodness,’ laughed Hobbington. ‘You do have some novel ideas, Edward.’