The Peruke Maker: A Wigmaker
—Guest Blogger Ruby Dominguez, author of THE PERUKE MAKER
The Peruke Maker played an important role in keeping society supplied with the latest in hair fashions like wigs and queues (hair pieces usually worn hanging in the back of the head) for men, and curls, braids and knots for women and barbering services as well.
A wig or queue was a fashion necessity for men of the gentry and successful businessmen, especially during public times when the courts were in session. Being able to afford a wig, or sometimes several wigs, was a means of showing one’s social status. Even the lesser sort (those with little money to spend) wanted to own a wig or queue.
The Peruke Maker’s loving and patient traits in my book were based on my own father’s character and further developed through Internet searches.
A point of no return, he begins the heartbreaking journey of his life and that of a man’s vindictive soul, down Ipswich Road towards his shop with his daughter’s dead body in an oxcart which he had taken down from a locust tree where she was hung.
In his shop, he starts the painstaking, creative process of making a wig of his daughter’s mutilated scalp and ripped-off red, long hair.
With surgical precision, he stitches his daughter’s scalp, vein by vein, skin by skin with a fishhook-like needle and sews it through a weft to hold it secure.
He meticulously weaves a few straws of hair at a time and pulls each back into a tight knot.
Many hours pass and finally, he sets the wig on his daughter’s bloody, grotesque head and as he bows his head in meditation, he recites an incantation with tears streaming down his old and sad, yet vengeful face.
An unsettling waft of cold breeze passes through the room and makes the wig sway and a spell is cast upon the wig and takes a life of its own.He had lost his wife Kate who was hanged in Gallows Hill prior to losing his daughter Bridget to the same horrifying fate.
Blood starts to trickle down Bridget’s lifeless, tortured looking face amidst the Banshee’s forlorn wails echoing over Gallows Hill.
The Peruke Maker’s vengeful curse hastens chase for the innocent and is carried off by a whirl of ill-omened wind that transgresses all natural laws of time and space.
The Salem Witch Hunt Curse unearthed from necromancy, violates the course of natural events in a modern day world, relentlessly in quest for the avenger of innocent blood.
The author, Ruby Dominguez is challenged by the conflicting complexities of the past and future. Undeterred, she strokes with pen the somber and bright hues of her visions. She currently resides in San Francisco and works in the field of property management/leasing. She has been a recipient of the “Editor’s Choice Award,” by the National Library of Poetry in 1999 and 2007 for her published poems in the SHELTER OF SHADE. Visit her website at: www.outskirtspress.com/theperukemaker, and blog at www.salemcurse.wordpress.com
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