“Well done; now make up a rhyme for the middle row ASDFGHJKL. He gave her a few minutes and then asked her to recite the rhyme.
“Adam Said Don’t Forget Gabriel’s Halo Just Keep Harp.
“That’s it; now do something with the last set of letters.
Zebra X ray Camera Viewed Balloon’s New Moon.
You’re very clever Miss Marshbanks I don’t think it is going to be long before I can teach you to type. After showing her how to replace a ribbon Mr Higginbottom placed the first piece of paper into the typewriter and then set about asking her to type out the vowels when she got near the end then he showed her the space bar on the Smith and Carona model and how to use it.
“Are you familiar with the nursery rhyme Mary had a little Lamb.’
“Yes, I am.
“Fine, would you please type out the whole rhyme for me.
Muriel soon grasped the concept and typed out the rhyme.’
“Very good; we need to work a little on your English and grammar Miss Marshbanks. I want you to practice copy typing from a book; any book that you are familiar with. This will not only help you with your speed but will familiarise you with punctuation and spelling.
Spend three hours each morning until you are confident. I want you to write me a piece of your own work for the next time that I come to see you. Try and get your speed up to say fifty words a minute. After that we can increase your speed as we go and then I will teach you how to do short hand.’ Muriel shook his hand then showed him to the door.
When he left Muriel opened the book and began typing out the first page of Bleak House. She copied it (Verbatim) word for word with capital letters commas and full stops.’
After six pages she was getting a steady rhythm going. With each page her speed increased. Muriel only stopped when Charles called for her to join her Aunt in the dining room. She excused herself to wash her hands first as they were covered in ink from the typewriter ribbon. She went to the bathroom which had a bath and a wash basin she ran the tap and hot water came out she was amazed. She turned on the bath tap and to her surprise it too was hot. No tin baths she thought as she dried her hands after getting rid of the ink stains. Her Aunt Ester asked Muriel to sit with her and introduced her to Abigail who was very beautiful; she was only ten years old and had blonde ringlets in her hair with yellow ribbons.’ She was tall for her age and had a nice smile.
Muriel saw no resemblance to her aunt and wondered whose child she actually was.’
That question was soon answered when her aunt confirmed that Abigail was adopted as a baby. “The soup was served first and Muriel was at a loss straight away as there were two spoons on the table. She waited and followed her aunt’s lead; she even copied the way that she pushed the soup from her spoon whilst eating. There was no slurping or dipping the bread buns into the soup either.
When the main course arrived; that was Dover sole which was served with new potatoes and garden peas.’ Muriel watched how her aunt picked up the fish knife and fork and daintily chewed the small amount of food for quite some time before swallowing then every now and then took a drink from her wine glass.’
“How did your first typing lesson go my dear?’
“It went well Aunt Ester I have to try and build up my speed with three hours typing every day until Mr Higginbottom returns.’
Yes he will be back in two weeks from today so work hard as his fee is expensive.’