ANOTHER left-handed drawing: a recently lopped ornamental cherry tree seen through
a window but the Fiffle-Triggy(right and drawn right-handedly) or fiffle-trig is
something you’re not likely to see; it was a species of scary creature that my dad
would occasionally invoke. I suspect it was something he’d read about in a fantasy
novel many years before, but perhaps he just invented it. This was the way I pictured
it, although the really scary thing about the fiffle-triggy was that it was an unseen,
unspecified menace, so a man dressed as a tree doesn’t equate with its scariness.
I assume that the ‘fiffle’ part of the name is onomatopoeic and if you were walking
down an overgrown country lane late on a balmy summer evening the first you’d know
of its approach would be the ‘fiffling’ of its foliage, which might resemble pendulous
horsetails or long, feathery, spiky grasses. I take it that the ‘triggy’ part of
the name relates to snags or triggers that entrap and engulf the unwary.
It’s evidently a cousin of John Wnydham’s Triffid.
Overprinted Black: I drew the fiffle-trig for an experimental illustration; see next
Drawn with a dip pen and Indian ink with black areas in Pentel Brush Pen.