in search of a situation where she would be able to earn money for the boy. But if this extortion continued she didn't know what she would do, and that night she prayed that God might not delay the birth of her child.


CHAPTER XV

'I WISH, mother, you was going to the hospital with me; it would save a lot of expense and you'd be better cared for.'

'I'd like to be with you, dearie, but I can't leave my 'ome, all these young children about and no one to see to them. I must stop where I am. But I've been meaning to tell you-- it is time that you was thinking about yer letter.'

'What letter, mother?'

'They don't take you without a letter from one of the subscribers. If I was you, now that the weather is fine and you have strength for the walk, I'd go up to Queen Charlotte's. It is up the Edgware Road way, I think. What do you think about to-morrow?'

'To-morrow's Sunday.'

'That makes no matter, them horspitals is open.'

'I'll go to-morrow when we have washed up.'

On Friday Esther had had to give her father more money for drink. She gave him two shillings, and that made a sovereign that he had had from her. On Saturday night he had been brought home helplessly drunk long after midnight, and next morning one of the girls had to fetch him a drop of something to pull him together. He had lain in bed until dinner-time, swearing he would brain anyone who made the least noise. Even the Sunday dinner, a nice beefsteak pudding, hardly tempted him, and he left the table saying that if he could find Tom Carter they would take a penny boat and go for a blow on the river. The whole family waited for his departure. But he lingered, talked

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  • OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • NOTE ON THE TEXT xxiii
  • SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY xxv
  • A CHRONOLOGY OF GEORGE MOORE xxvii
  • EPISTLE DEDICATORY xxix
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