Under Scrutiny

A story of back street abortion in 1948 and how the change came about where women were given contraception and could go to a clinic to have a termination. A doctor who's ex- wife dies of cancer is left to bring up his daughter who has downs syndrome. His perception of the disability is changed when he discovers that his daughter is brighter than he first thought. This is a story of acceptance and the love between a disabled girl and her father. The story includes prize fighting when Billy Tugg Fawcett and his friend a black heavyweight fighter called Bill Peters fight their way to a title fight but gangsters and racketeers are after Bill when he refuses to throw a fight.

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Mavis told her mother not to make dinner as she was going out.

“Oh, who are you going with?

 “I’m going with Mr Jonathan Carrington from Carrington and Son.”

“The Lawyer?

“Yes mother the lawyer. It was funny how both her mother and father were picking up the American jargon.

“I’m going to take a shower; I won’t be long.”

“When Mavis disappeared she told her husband about the date.

“I hope she knows what she is doing said her father.”

“Mavis is smarter than you think you know; look at how far she has come in such a short time.”

Mavis wore a purple two piece suit she wore silk stocking these days and a pair of shoes that went with her suit. “Will you be wearing a coat dear it isn’t that warm out there you know?

“Please mother don’t fuss, I will be fine.”

 

Jonathan pulled up in his red Buick Convertible then honked on the horn.

“I must go mother, don’t wait up I may be late.”

“You shouldn’t go running because someone honks his horn.”

Mavis took her time going down the elevator. She purposely kept him waiting as she applied more lipstick.

“Didn’t you hear me honk the horn Jonathan asked?”

“Yes I did, please don’t ever do that again do you understand?

“I’m sorry Mavis I just….

“Mavis interrupted him; I am not one of your pick up girls to be honked at.”

“I do not think that you are Mavis; again my apologies; Jonathan wait for a second or two then said; “am I forgiven?

“Mavis smiled at him and said shut up and drive.”

Jonathan took her to the Belmont Country Club where they had live music.

They were shown to a table and Jonathan again pulled out her seat for her.

They ordered cocktails then looked at the menu.

After ten minutes the waiter asked if they were ready to order.

Mavis ordered Waldorf salad then fillet of veal with pureed potatoes and a vegetable medley and a red wine sauce.

“Can I have my usual Thomas, said Jonathan as he looked at Mavis. “You look real pretty when you’re angry do you know that?

“Do you tell that to all the girls you bring here Jonathan?

“No; only the one’s I really like he smiled.

“So are you a player Jonathan?

“You are hell bent on embarrassing me tonight Mavis

“Do I embarrass you then Jonathan?

“I like you very much Mavis, that is why I asked you to dinner tonight; I respect you also.

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