Mrs. Modine Clapp was a person who posed a question to the Question Box moderator. For twenty-five years she and her mother have attended services at Saint Frognall and Companions Church (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 47).


Clapp, or Clap, is an English surname, most commonly found in the West Country and in the United States. The word signifies rough ground, or a small hill [1]- and was probably chosen for sounding silly by Bellairs.


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