Gone Fishing Maureen Mullarkey August 19, 2013 Robert Dighton. The Months—August (c.1785). Victoria & Albert Museum, London It is the middle of August. It is time to let be, call off words awhile. Time to close the computer, let scattered notes lie, and lift a glass to the sweetness of ordinary life. Time to be still. See you in September. Francis Donkin Bedford. At the Fishmarket (c.1900). Illustration from E.V. Lucas, Book of Shops.