Chapter Three (2)
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only handing him a box of damned liquor?” 


“Why, wha’ else, mum?  The bloody war!” 

Elizabeth looked down at her maid with eyes that suddenly started to water.  The very mention of the war filled the lady with sorrowful remembrances of days gone by – and much better days they were than the present!  Molly looked upward at her matron with tears also in her eyes, and they were likewise inspired by the recent war.  In the aftermath of what would soon be called ‘World War One’ by historical standards, and in light of the hideous economic plague which had ravaged England shortly afterward, it seemed to be convenient for many households of title to release their staff, ...

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