Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


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“Can you manage asked Betty and Maggie as they wandered into the kitchen which again was twice the size of theirs?

“Yes I have everything in hand I think.’


He stirred the cawl again and the smell started to fill the room as it heated and now the women nodded to each other knowing that Richard was an accomplished cook.

Richard had made a salad with pheasant, beetroot which he had cooked with a red currant jelly. He had allowed it to cool then it was mixed with watercress and goats cheese and he plated that up then opened a bottle of wine. He wasn’t going to have wine but thought better of having a beer after last night; so he’d gone to the village and asked the farmer what wine went with cawl and he gave him four bottles to try. Richard asked Ruby and his guests to come through. They all sat down to eat.

“This looks delicious Richard you have excelled yourself said Betty who was more than impressed with the young man’s cooking skills.’

Richard poured the wine and gave a little to Ruby just to try.’

“That’s very nice she said as Richard then poured her some more into the glass.’

“You have cooked this pheasant perfectly said Maggie, you are certainly a man of many talents.

Richard raised his glass before toasting “to a pleasant day or should I say to a pheasant day.’

“Read us a nice poem Richard asked Ruby.’

Richard thought for a while then stood up. I know how Ruby likes William Blake and it is only fitting that I should read one of his poems because it was because of him that Ruby and I got together.



To mercy, pity, peace and love

All pray in their distress

And to these virtues of delight

Return their thankfulness


For mercy, pity, peace, and love

Is God our father dear?

And Mercy, pity, peace, and love

Is man and child and care


For mercy has a human heart

Pity a human face

And love and human form devine

And peace the human dress

Then every man, of every clime,

That prays in his distress

Prays to human form devine


Love, mercy, pity, peace

And all must love the human form

In heathen Turk or Jew

Where mercy, love, and pity dwell

There God is dwelling too.


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