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with her, it didn't cost me anything, other than 10/- for bed & board. She introduced me to many "nice ways" she had learned in service, how to appreciate nice speech, clothes tc & how to "lay" a "nice" table. You may think these things very petty, but to me, a simple country girl, it was fascinating. I had wonderful teachers who lent me books & told me to use my brains despite everything, so when I left school I was avid for books & knowledge  but that's another story, & I digress  Joe I didn't like, he was a Mammys boy & was always leaving his wife & coming home to hide from her. As I remember her she was a fiery little Welsh girl, who threw things at him. I think she's still alive in her nineties but I never knew them well. Harold was a good brother, I loved him & followed him everywhere, much to his annoyance when he was courting, & he would give me 6d to go away or not to tell on him when I saw him kissing his girl friend  He was like my dad & his wife was a vixen always putting him down & she liked a frolic or two. She didn't like me, she told Sally I thought I was Lady Muck, but that came later.