She watched as her Aunt got up and walked across the room and back then sat down again.
“Now you girl do it again.’
Muriel copied what she had just seen and returned to her seat.’
Keep your legs together like this; her aunt showed her again how to stand then sit down again.
“Now that book you have brought with you; put it on your head and walk around the room without looking down at your feet.
Muriel took the book and placed it on her head and walked around the room with it.
Stride dear don’t shuffle with it and keep those arms by your sides.
For nearly an hour her aunt made her walk around the room over and over.
“Stop said her aunt; lift up your skirts and show me your legs.’
Muriel bent down and took the hem of her dress and lifted it showing her black boots underneath.
“You have shapely legs my dear we need to show them off but not in those boots they are fit only for the servants.’
“My father gave me this for you Aunt Ester; it is for my keep.
She handed over an envelope and inside was the fifty pounds and a short note.’
She quickly read it then placed it on the table.
There was a knock at the door and Charles the butler answered.’
“Charles walked into the room and announced that there was a Mr John Higginbottom to see her.’
Show him in Charles would you.’
Charles left briefly then returned with the fat little man in gold rimmed spectacles.’
“Mr Alfred Higginbottom at your service Madam.’
Mr Higginbottom; I wish you to instruct my niece in the art of typing; she is to begin with immediate effect. You can use the study where there is a typewriter already set up with plenty of paper and ribbon ink if you should need it.’
Muriel got out of her chair the way she had been shown and walked towards the door.
Charles led her and Mr Higginbottom to the study where there was a library of books the table stood next to the window with a heavy cast iron typewriter in the centre. There was some ink ribbon and writing paper with an inkwell and writing pens.
“Now Miss Marshbanks I wish you to familiarise yourself with the keyboard. You must remember where every letter is so when you type you can do so without looking at your fingers is that understood?’
“Alright have you looked long enough?
Recite the first line for me he said after covering up all the letters.’
Muriel thought hard then said QWRYOP.’
Not bad Miss Marshbanks you did however miss the E U and I. Try again and this time and remember them all on the top line. Think like this Q is for Queen, W is for Was, E is for Elegant R is for Right, T is for True, Y is for you, U is for Understand, I is for It, O is for Off and P is for Pat. Queen was elegant right, true, you understand it off pat.’
If you remember this simple verse then it will help you to remember where the letters are on the keyboard.’
Mr Higginbottom covered up the letters again and asked Muriel to recite them for him. This time she got every one right.