Monthly Archives: September 2015

Across the Great Divide – Chapter Seven

AMONG THE COMPANY in the drawing-room at Castle Pemberton that afternoon was Caroline Stroud, whose conversation with Nell was uncomfortable on both sides. ‘Is she not the most beautiful black girl you have ever seen?’ asked Nell, turning to Mora … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Six

NELL’S MAID BETTY was no ordinary maid, and her character was as fixed as the stars.  Nell had just finished breakfasting (not alone, as used to be her custom, but with Mora) when Betty came in grumbling as always. A … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Five

HER TUTOR WAS Mr Strong, whose name Nell had often pondered.  He would never have made a soldier, though the war with America was raging still, and press-gangs were active in the towns. A poor catch if they caught him, … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Four

MORA COOPER: her baptism was swift; just a sprinkle of water, barely a drop, from Reverend Mortimer, who didn’t like getting his hands wet, not till she’d left his church.  Nell heard later how he’d scrubbed them with a shoe … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Three

SHE PATTED the stool beside her where she’d made some space. ‘Come and sit while I play for you,’ Nell beckoned, tinkling a few notes on the harpsichord which stood in a corner of the green-walled saloon.  The instrument was … Continue reading

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