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Bethnal Green end-- Meadow Road. ' He added gruffly, `Me and my girl, we've got engaged, see? ' The doctor drove across the city's empty Sunday streets and stopped before the end house in a narrow road lined by small brick houses. They got the bike down off the roof and Clive said, 'You will come in for a mo? ' The doctor agreed that it would and spent fifteen minutes or so drinking a strong, dark brown drink which he supposed was tea while he made the acquaintance of Clive's girl and his family.

It was Sybil. 'James, darling, you're free this afternoon and tomorrow, aren't you? I simply must go to Netherby. I've bought a present for Coralie and Greg and it's too large to send. Will you be an angel and drive me down this afternoon? I promise you we won't stay, and we can come straight back and dine somewhere. I thought tomorrow we might go to Richmond Park. ' Professor Forsyth frowned. ' `Darling, but this is urgent. ' `Very well, I'll drive you down there and back. ' He heard her murmured protest and then, 'Of course, darling, I quite understand.

Mrs Selby shook hands and turned to Sybil. ' Sybil lifted a lovely wistful face. 'Yes, I'm so cold and hungry, and we should be in London. ' He stopped speaking as the door opened and two girls came in, both fair-haired and pretty and smiling. `We heard the car. ' One girl offered a hand. 'I'm Flora and this is Rose. There are three more of us, but Lucy's spending the weekend with friends and Katie's finishing her homework. And PhiIly A door at the back of the kitchen opened, letting in a great deal of cold air, and Philomena, wrapped in a variety of coats and scarves, with her head tied in some kind of a hood, came in.

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