They set to work and showed her how to apply make up and sold her the products that they had used to give her a film star look.’
“Wow said Abigail when she was done; you look amazing. Mother is not going to recognise you when we get back.’
Tomkins nearly fell over the bonnet of the car as Muriel strode towards him and every man on the street stopped to look at her. She was beautiful; and could have passed as a movie star.
“I must say you look stunning Miss Marshbanks Tomkins reiterating what Abigail had said earlier. This time he opened the door like he would for a lady. Her long legs slid over the leather seat in the stockings she was wearing and Tomkins was proud to be driving her back to the manor house.
Driving along the road she could see her reflection in the window of the car and she looked completely different. “The ugly duckling has turned into a swan said her Aunt Ester when she saw her.’
“What a transformation.’
“Now my dear we can introduce you to society.’ This weekend there will be a ball and you shall accompany me to it.’ Can you dance Muriel?’
I can do all the ballroom dances; I learned those in church.’
Well I will ask Andrews my servant to teach you how to do the Charleston; it’s the latest dance craze.
“One must be acquainted with all the latest trends these days.’
“Now Muriel off you go and practice your typing; then I will get Andrews to show you how to dance. You have missed lunch I’m afraid but I will ask Charles to bring you a cup of tea and a sandwich.’
Muriel strode to the study where she fed some paper into the typewriter and began to type several pages from bleak house her speed was now picking up nicely and she felt very confident indeed.
When she had spent over an hour typing Charles brought tea and a plate of sandwiches for her.
“He too was memorised by her transformation. “ The new look is very becoming Miss if you don’t mind me saying.’
“Thank you Charles.’
Muriel sat and wrote a letter to Edward saying how much she missed him. She told him about the manor house and about Coventry. She didn’t mention the new clothes or her new look.’ Then she wrote to her parents and told them everything.
It was four o’clock when Charles returned and asked Muriel to join him in the servant’s quarters. Muriel saw that they had a gramophone and there was music coming from it. Miss Andrews took her by the hand and led her to a small area and began to do the Charleston. It didn’t take Muriel long to pick up the steps and the two of them danced away most of that afternoon.
Muriel asked Andrews to post her letters for her and she did. Muriel gave the dress and the new boots that she had worn to come to the manor house in and asked if she could use them.
Thank you Miss Marshbanks.’
There was a knock at the door at five o’clock and all of her clothes had been delivered as promised. Muriel helped Williamson carry the boxes up to her room where they were placed on the bed.’
“Thank you Mrs Williamson.’
“You’re welcome Miss.’