“The thing is Dad I’m going to stay with my Aunt Ester for three months tomorrow she’s meeting me at the station.’
“What you’ve got the interest of a gentleman and yer gannin’ away; are yer mad girl.’
“I have to dad if his family find out I’m nothing but a Herring girl he will dump me like a barrel of offal.’
I am going to my aunts and she is going to groom me and teach me how to be a lady.
“Lady; both her brothers broke out laughing until their father gave them a slap around the ear.
“I am going to learn how to type and take short hand and when I return I will be able to work in an office not on the fish quay.’
“Office worker; typing how many herring were caught in the Shetlands said her brothers.’
“I will never go back to the fish quay again said Muriel to her brothers. She then went to her room to pack.’
“My daughter has got more about her than you two buggers put together.’
“She knows what she wants and knows how to get it which is more than I can say about you two.’
“Her father knocked on Muriel’s door then went in.’
Muriel had a brown case on the bed and was packing her clothes.’
“You know our Muriel said her father in a broken voice; I wish I had the get up and go like what you have. I just want you to know that I’m very proud you what ever happens.’ “I will miss you lass.’
“I will miss you too dad but I will be back don’t worry.’
“Well you come back a lady and show them all around here.’ I want you to give this to your Aunt Ester for me.’ Its fifty pounds for your keep; tell her if she needs anymore then just write and ask.’
“Dad I have savings.’
“I know that, but you will need money to buy some fancy clothes when your Aunt Ester gets all these invitations to these balls and such.’
“Thanks dad, I won’t forget what you and mam have done for me.’ She hugged and kissed her father on the cheek as he was leaving her room.
There wasn’t much to pack in her small brown case just the dress that she had on today some white blouses, underskirts, a bodice, and another pair of black boots. She left out the robe and hung up the dress ready to be worn again in the morning. She would miss church but hoped that God would forgive her transgression.
The journey by train would take her twelve hours. She would take the train to central station in Newcastle at 6am then the train to Coventry from there which would leave at seven o’clock that morning she had already enquired about the times so she knew that the train would arrive at 7pm that evening.’
She put on her robe then lay on the bed. Picking up her book she finished reading Pygmalion before thinking of Edward. Would he wait for her she thought as the doubts crossed her mind. She sat at her desk and wrote him a letter explaining how she felt about him and how she would miss being with him and the touch of his lips on hers. She placed the letter in the envelope and wrote out the address and then placed a stamp on it ready to post in the morning. She reminded herself to buy more writing paper stamps and envelopes. She placed the copy of Bleak House on the top of her case to read on the way down to Coventry.