Under Scrutiny

A story of back street abortion in 1948 and how the change came about where women were given contraception and could go to a clinic to have a termination. A doctor who's ex- wife dies of cancer is left to bring up his daughter who has downs syndrome. His perception of the disability is changed when he discovers that his daughter is brighter than he first thought. This is a story of acceptance and the love between a disabled girl and her father. The story includes prize fighting when Billy Tugg Fawcett and his friend a black heavyweight fighter called Bill Peters fight their way to a title fight but gangsters and racketeers are after Bill when he refuses to throw a fight.


17. 17

“You’re welcome Miss said the captain; I hope that you have a nice life over there and come back one day.”

“Yes; one day said Mavis; she shook the captain’s hand then turned and walked back along the quay to where she worked.

She went into the boss’s office and handed in her notice; telling him that she could only work Friday morning because the ship she was sailing on was leaving on the four o’clock tide.

Mr Gilberg looked at her before saying; “Well I wish you good fortune in America Mavis. ‘ You have been a good worker here and have served me well. I will miss you.

“Thank you Mr Gilberg.”


The reception called Doctor Adams to inform him that a young lady was here to see him.

“Send her in would you Mrs Junghans.”

“Certainly; right away Doctor Adams.”

“You can go through Miss Atkins.”

“Thank you said the smartly dressed woman who wore a navy blue pencil skirt and a jacket to match which had shoulder pads. It cut into her waist and had a silver flower design at the bottom which complimented her amorous figure. She also wore a blue box hat as her blonde hair was tied back in a French Plait.


The woman knocked on the door then entered.

“Hello I’m Ruth Atkins.”

“Hello Miss Atkins, I’m Doctor Gregory Adams; please take a seat.”

“You come here highly recommended Miss Atkins.”

“Thank you said Ruth as she crossed her legs that were very long and slender.

“I’m sure Emily Watson has filled you in on the details Miss Atkins.”

“Yes she did; When would I be required to start?

 “Within the next two weeks; would that be agreeable?

“Yes Doctor Adams.”

“Now, I know the going rate for a nurse is only twenty pounds a month but I will be paying you thirty pounds which is above the rate which includes your accommodation and food. You will be required to see to all my daughters needs, cleaning duties, and shopping; is that understood?

“Yes; perfectly.”

“Good if you can leave me your references and details I will be in touch. “

“Thank you.”

The doctor got out of his seat to open the door and was surprised at how tall Miss Atkins was. He himself was six feet two inches tall so he figured that she must be at least five feet nine in her stocking feet. The four inch stiletto’s made her look very tall indeed. He thought that she was very attractive to be a nurse. She looked more like a catalogue model.

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