When the big man died people began arriving at the gates at five in the morning, waiting to be called at daylight, shifting in their coats and rugs and passing the envelope. Cigarette tips spotted the dark. While one group was being called, more cars and buses would arrive and another group would prepare itself. This kept up throughout two days from early morning to nightfall.
Grace, Patricia, Flower Girls, Kunapipi, 6(1), 1984.