By five o’clock Mrs Williams brought her tea and a slice of cake. She was drained she thought that she would never do this.
At dinner her aunt asked how she was getting on and Muriel told her that it wasn’t easy.’
“Tomorrow I will do better Aunt Ester.’
“I’m sure that you will my dear.’
“Was there any post for me today Aunt.’
“Yes, just one from your father.’
“Did you open my mail?’
“No, dear I recognised your fathers scribble.’
“I’m sorry; for snapping at you Aunt.’ I’m tired that’s all.’
“Don’t be trying to get things too soon my dear.’
“Take you time and it will come.’
“I’m going to have a bath Aunt and then I’m going to bed.’
“I will be going to my bridge group tonight dear so you and Abigail can amuse yourselves.
Muriel went to her room with the letter from her father she opened it with a knife then began to read it. Her father wrote to ask if she needed any money and that the date for Jimmy’s wedding had been set for next June. Her mother had come down with flu but was now recovering. Work at the shipyard was getting scarce now and they were not building many ships only repairing them.
“He said that his job was not in jeopardy yet but Craig could be laid off unless they got a big order in. He wished her well and told her to stick in with her studies.’
This letter was a reminder of what life in North Shields was like. Living from hand to mouth was not for her and it gave her the impetuous that she needed to push on. She had to succeed she thought.
Over the next five days Muriel worked all day on her short hand; many papers were scrumpled up and thrown across the room in her anger. She missed out on meals and her Aunt was forced to intervene.’
“Stop she shouted; that is enough for today.’
Please go up and get ready; Gerald is coming around to take you to dinner.’
He just rang to ask how you were; I told him what you’d been up to for the last five days.’
Gerald must have got her letter she thought; why was he coming to take her to dinner.’ She went up to her room and put on a light blue sequined dress, put on a blue turned up hat and white shoes. She fixed her make up and applied a little make up.’
Finally she added some lipstick.
She sat waiting until Mrs Williamson knocked to tell her that Mr Sedgemore was waiting down stairs.
Muriel got up from her chair then walked slowly down the stairs.’
“Hello Muriel; your Aunt says your working yourself into an early grave and that I should come and rescue you.’
“Thank you Gerry, I could do with a little pampering.’
“Well I’m your man.’ Gerald held the door of the car open for her and she slid inside.
“So where are you taking me Gerry.’
“I thought that we could go to Coome Abbey it’s the most famous restaurant in Coventry. The champagne is delightful too.’
“You’re not planning on getting me drunk again are you Gerry, I mean you did receive my letter didn’t you.’