“She is lovely Edward but I feel she is very lonely.’ Maybe you should ask her to come to the picture house with us tonight it may do her good to get out you know.
“Ellen was standing behind the door listening and smiled before going to the library and finding the book.’
When she returned she handed the finely leather bound book to Muriel.’
“Would you care to come with us tonight Ellen; I’m sure that you would enjoy going out. I forgot the last time that you actually went out to socialise.
“Please say you will come with us Ellen said Muriel.
“I don’t think so; I don’t want to play gooseberry.’
“I insist said Muriel.’
“Alright then I will come with you but once the film is over I’m coming home alright.’
“That’s fine by me said Edward.’
“Can I help fix your hair Ellen?’
“Would you really Muriel; that is nice of you.’
The two ladies disappeared into Ellen’s room and didn’t come out again for an hour.’
“When Ellen came out she was wearing a different dress and a blue velvet coat. She looked better than Edward had ever seen her. Muriel had curled her hair and fixed combs into it at the sides. Muriel had also put on a little make up on Ellen’s face.
“You look beautiful Ellen; I had forgotten how pretty you really are.’
“Do you really think so?’
“Yes I do.’
“Let us go before you have me in tears said Ellen. They left the house and the two ladies linked the arm of Edward and he felt so proud.’
They walked down onto Front Street the joined the queue to see the film.
Edward paid thrupence each so they sit in the gallery. Muriel thought that this was spectacular as she was used to sitting in the pit which was the cheapest seats in the house. The film started and both women were transfixed to the screen as Constance Collier as (Lady Dedlock) and Berta Gellardi as Ester Summerton give the performances of their lives. When the film was over the two women came out of the picture house with Edward and thanked him.
“That was simply superb said Muriel it took my breath away at times.’
“Right I am going home said Ellen, I will see you later Edward Make sure this young lady gets home safely.’
“I will don’t worry.’
“Ellen walked up the road with many other film goers as Edward led her to a taxi rank. “Now you get in and the taxi will drive you home alright. I hope to see you before you go to your Aunts house but if I don’t; please write to me as soon as you can.’
Muriel got into the taxi that was another first for her she thought as Edward leaned in and kissed her.
The taxi pulled away and Edward watched it as it went.
“Where to my Lady?’
“Trinity Street North Shields please.’
“My mother lives in Trinity Street; you call her Mabel Jackson do you know her?’
“Yes I do she lives only a few doors down from us.’
“You are never Charley Jackson are you?’
“Yes, Miss I am.’