Muriel couldn’t stop thinking about George Martin; was he the man who Ellen Forrester slept with before he went off to war and was Abigail the love child; was this a strange coincidence or was Ellen her real mother. She would have to make some discrete enquires.
The following week Muriel concentrated on her typing she was now up to sixty words a minute with no mistakes. All she had to do now was learn shorthand and how to dictate a message and she could work in any office. She wished that Mr Higginbottom was here so that she could start to learn. On the Thursday of that week she received two letters one was from her father and the other from Edward.
She opened the letter from Edward first. He wrote to say how he had missed her at the station and that he was sending her a book that she should receive within a day or two.
He asked how her sick aunt was and Muriel hated lying to him but she thought that this was a necessary measure. It was more like a means to and end. That was the only way that she could justify telling Edward lies.’
“She did happen to mention in her last letter to Edward the day after speaking to Abigail about George Martin; his date of birth and where he was killed during the war.’
Edward went onto explain that George was killed at Artois during an offensive he was one of 300.000 men who lost their lives. His date of birth was 19th May 1889
Edward asked why she wanted to know about George Martin.
Then he reverted back to say that he was counting the days when she would return to him. Muriel then read the letter from her father and mother who went on to tell her about Helen McDonald and her children. Muriel spotted many spelling and grammatical errors in the letter but was pleased to be hearing from them both.
Muriel set about writing back again to her father asking how Jimmy and Craig were getting on. She told her father that she could now type over sixty words a minute and now only needed to learn shorthand. She told him how her Aunt had spent a lot of money on new clothes for her and that the food was nice but not as good as her mothers cooking.’
She wished them all well then closed the letter telling them that she loved and missed them all.
That Saturday evening Muriel wore a backless white dress with silver tassels’ that came just above her knees. She wore a straw hat turned up at the front with a silver ribbon tied around it. Ester had loaned her a string of pearls for her neck and a pearl bracelet as well
Muriel wore the silver open toed shoes and white silk stocking.
“Ester too wore a white and sequined long dress with a white turban and a silver bow. She had a string of black pearls around her neck and a gold watch on her wrist. She wore a large diamond ring on the finger of her right hand.’
Everyone’s attention was on the young girl who was with her.’
Mrs Evelyn Joyce who was holding the ball went about introducing Esters niece to everyone.
One man in particular made his presence felt when he introduced himself as Gerald Sedgemore.
Gerald is an eminent barrister who deals with all the murder trials at the Old bailey.
“Really said Muriel the law is something that interest me said Muriel.
“Would you like a drink Miss Marshbanks.