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the role of semi-invalid. She stayed in bed till lunch time & wore lace & crepe-de-chine nighties & "boudoir" caps with ribbons & swans-down. Chauffeur would take her out later shopping & visiting. It was all very formal & to me another world, but I learned a lot, & was reasonably content. Then I joined Win who was working in a Private Mental Home at Kingswinford near Stourbridge. This was a dreadful place where we cared for rich throw outs with mental conditions. It was run by a huge Dane & his little tiny wife, but the pay was £9 per quarter, food & living conditions awful even primative  I became ill & left quite soon. The remaining time a had other jobs, but one goal, all my family thought me crazy, & of course I only saw the glamour side with little true knowledge of the more horrendous side of nursing, but the magic day came when I had to go to take a General Knowledge test & a very strict medical examination  This was 1930 & I was terrified  The discipline & hierarcy in nursing life impossible to imagine now, & I was so gauche & ignorant  had no self confidence  a great inferiority complex, but I