We left Maisie and her friends, way back in October, fidgeting and worrying about the Swarthy Gent due to call upon Maisie the following day. The story continues..
After a restless night during which Maisie was convinced she had no more than a few snatched minutes of sleep, she was awakened by Jackson with her morning tea and the morning newspaper.
Usually Maisie was content to lie abed and sip her tea while reading the newspaper, but this morning she had too much on her mind to settle. So she asked Jackson to pour her bath and having drunk the tea repaired to the bathroom to attend to her morning ablutions.
Dressed, she descended the stairs to breakfast. This over she decided to call her friends to confirm that they would be with her well before the appointed time for Fotheringham to call. They each assured her that they would…
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