Stephen Robertson

Slanting Lines

There must be moonshine

Fin de siècle.

Ethel Sargant, botanist

(Girton student 1880s)

builds a lab in her garden

in Reigate, on her way to

recognition, fellowships

(Linnean Society 1904,

Girton College 1913).

The Reigate lab, of course

has a source

of pure water: a still.

Garden shed

with a still?  Local

excise officer takes to

dropping by unannounced.

Catch them at it –

there must be moonshine.