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.


27. 27

Excuse me Ruth but you just don’t understand; Linda and I went through all the tests with Mollie and they told us that she will always be retarded.

“Please do not use that word Greg I hate it.

“I just want to try; if you will let me?

“Fine; knock yourself out but you will find out the same as we did that Mollie will never be normal.

Greg Closed the bedroom door then went into the conservatory where he picked up a book by William Wordsworth and began reading.


A Night Thought



Lo where the moon along the sky

Sails with her happy destiny

Oft is she hid from mortal eye?

Or dimly seen

But when clouds asunder fly

How bright her mien!


Far different we- a forward race

Thousands though rich in fortunes grace

With cherished sullenness of pace

Their way persue

Ingrates who wear a smile less face

The whole year through


If kindred humour e’er would make

My spirit droops for drooping sake

From fancy flowing in thy wake

Bright ship of heaven

A counter impulse let me take

And be forgiven

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