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Joanna and I came down rather late to breakfast the next morning. That is to say, late for Lymstock. And I was annoyed to see Aimee Griffith standing on the doorstep talking to Megan. Nine-thirty is not the time for a morning call.

‘Hello, there, you lazy pair!’ she called. ‘I just wanted to ask Miss Burton if she had any vegetables she could give to our Red Cross sale. If so, I’ll get Owen to call for them in the car.’

Megan came back into the house and went into the dining room. At that moment the telephone rang and I went into the hall to answer it. ‘Yes?’ I said.

The noise of deep breathing came from the other end and a female voice said ‘Oh!’

‘Yes?’ I said again.

‘Oh,’ said the voice again. ‘Is that - is it Little Furze?’

‘This is Little Furze.’

‘Oh!’ the voice said once more, then asked, ‘Could I speak to Miss Partridge for a minute?’

‘Certainly,’ I said. ‘Who shall I say?’

‘Oh. Tell her it’s Agnes, would you? Agnes Woddell.’

I put down the telephone and called up the stairs, ‘Partridge. Agnes Woddell wants to speak to you.’

Partridge appeared with a brush in her hand. ‘Agnes Woddell - whatever can she want now?’ She put down her brush and came down the stairs looking very angry.

I escaped into the dining room where Megan was eating bacon and eggs alone. So I opened the morning newspaper and a little later Joanna entered.

‘Whew!’ she said. ‘Is it true that there are no green beans at this time of year?’

‘August,’ said Megan and got up and went out of the French doors on to the veranda.

‘Well, one has them any time in London,’ said Joanna.

When I had finished my breakfast, I followed Megan outside. Standing on the veranda, I heard Partridge enter the dining room.

‘Can I speak to you a minute, Miss Burton?’ she said. ‘I am very sorry that someone called me on your telephone. The young person who did it should have known better because Agnes used to work here. She was only sixteen then, but she hasn’t got a mother or any family. And that’s why I’m asking if you would allow her to come here to tea with me this afternoon. It’s her day off, you see, and she’s worried about something and wants to talk to me about it.’

Joanna said, ‘But why shouldn’t she come to tea with you?’

Partridge stood up very straight, as she replied, ‘It has never been allowed in this house, Miss.’

‘It’s no good, Joanna,’ I said when Partridge had gone and my sister had come outside. ‘Your sympathy is not welcome. You are not respected for it.’

Joanna said, ‘I’m a complete failure today - with Aimee for knowing nothing about vegetables, and with Partridge for being a human.’

Then Megan, who was now standing in the middle of the lawn, came back towards us and said, ‘I must go home now.’

‘What?’ I said.

She went on, ‘It’s been very good of you to have me and I have enjoyed it, but I must go back because, well, it’s my home and I can’t stay away for ever, so I think I’ll go this morning.’

Both Joanna and I tried to make her stay, but she was determined, so finally Joanna got out the car and drove her back to Mr Symmington’s house.

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