Well, I don't have all the answers, but perhaps I have a few."playing havoc with my skin" Apparently, he is allergic to something and he had a bad reaction to it.
Apparently, "mother" is behaving oddly.
Apparently, the paper the Observer is printed on is yellow. Or if they have old ones they might have turned yellow.
The phrase "puddles of nylon knickers on the floor" might mean that there are a bunch of nylon knicers on the floor in a heap.
Do you know what "yukky" means?
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The words came pouring out as if floodgates had been opened.
Mitzi is almost certainly a dog.
If you owned a dog you would understand why a dog owner wouldn't want his dog to suffer any stress.
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