excerpt from 'In a World That Has Gone' pp. 27-28 (206 words)

excerpt from 'In a World That Has Gone' pp. 27-28 (206 words)

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[Susan married Will Silvester on 18 November 1902. She ran the village shop and bakery where her husband worked as the local blacksmith]


Until the 1920’s there was always enough work to keep two or more men busy and we had a succession of helpers. One of those I remember best was Old Freddy, who had been a regular soldier in the Sudan and in South Africa […] He had a family but they didn’t come to live permanently in the village until later on, and for some time he lived happily in the stable without a stick of furniture or anything else. Occasionally his wife appeared and shared his rough lodging for a few days. She was an Irishwoman with the attractive and gifted speech of her countrymen. She must have seen better days, as indeed she said she had. She was a talented pianist, but perhaps by force of circumstances she could exercise her talent only in the public houses […] When they got a cottage in the village a daughter, also with some of her mother’s theatrical charms, and a tall handsome son, who played the violin with assurance, appeared as well. They were an interesting and unusual family; there was something Dickensian about them. 

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