Mr Henry Dashwood dies leaving all of his wealth and possessions to the son of his first wife John Dashwood. His second wife and her three daughters are left with no permanent home and very little income….
Muriel soon became engrossed in the story and for the next six hours never budged.
At Manchester station she went to the dining carriage and bought a cup of tea then went to the toilet. She then sat back in her seat and carried on reading.
“When the train finally pulled in at Newcastle central station Muriel was surprised to learn that she had arrived.
Picking up her cases she got off the train and stood for some time until the smoke cleared and the people made their way over the footbridge.
Then she saw him and the look on his face as his eyes met hers; she ran towards him and he to her and he threw his arms around her and kissed her over and over.
Edward; I love you she said; I’ve never stopped loving you since I went away.’
“I love you too and now that we are together again nothing will keep us apart.
“Will you marry me Muriel Marshbanks?
“Yes Edward I will.’
“We had better get you a ring then before you change your mind.’
“Never my darling.’
Edward picked up the cases and they walked to the car park.
“I love the new look and your accent seems so different too.’
Muriel got into the car beside Edward and they drove to a jewellery shop in the town centre.
“Can I help you sir, the young lady in a black suit asked.’
Yes I would like a diamond ring for my future wife; we just got engaged to be married ten minutes ago.
Congratulations sir, we have many diamond rings for you to look at.
Muriel chose a single stone; it was small and cheaper than all the others.
Darling you can have a big stone rather than this little one.
“This will do Edward; I do not need a big diamond ring to prove how much you love me.’
She tried it on for size and it was a perfect fit. “See Edward it was meant for me.’
Edward took out his wallet and paid for the ring and she was given a nice blue velvet box to keep the ring in.
“Now where would you like to go?’
“Please drive me to my parents house Edward. There something that you should know.’
Muriel told Edward everything and why she had left to go to Coventry to be with her Aunt so that she could become a lady and someone Edward would be proud of.
“I was already proud of you Muriel. It mattered nothing to me that you were a herring girl. I loved you then and I love you now.’
“What about Ellen does she know?’
“Yes I told her everything.’
“We saw you in the newspapers when the trial came out and to be quite honest I believed every word.’
You had Ellen convinced too until Gerald Sedgemore your barrister explained how you did it to save his life. That was a very courageous thing to do Muriel. You must have thought a lot of him.’
“I am very fond of Gerry, he helped me a lot and has found me employment at Huntley brothers as a personal legal secretary.’
“That’s quite a step up from being a herring girl.’