The word of the week is “Wool”. What a perfect opportunity to revisit a fellow who was very popular in his cameo appearance in a previous illustration (here).
This boy, inspired by the character of Kanta in the animated “My Neighbor Totoro”, seems destined for a life of menial labor. Originally, he was going to be pictured in the “Wheel” picture dragging a bundle of wool over to the girl and the old woman. However, I had trouble getting the gesture right, and substituted a broom instead.
Here, though, we see where how the wool gets to the house where the young lady learns to spin it into yarn. And it doesn’t come easy.
The poor kid is always being taken advantage of. . . even by his own pack mule!