CLAY !

CLAY !

The women would have their tea at six o’clock and she would be able to get away before seven. From Ballsbridge to the Pillar, twenty minutes, from the Pillar to Drumcondra, twenty minutes and twenty minutes to buy the things. She would be there, before eight. She took out her purse with the silver clasps and read again the word A Present from Belfast. She was very fond of that purse because Joe had brought it to her five years before when he and Alphy had gone to Belfast on a Whit trip. In the purse were two halferowns and some coppen. She would have five shillings clear after paying tram fare. What a nice evening they would have, all the children singing! Only she hoped that Joe wouldn’t come in drunk He was ferent when he took any drink. often he had wanted her to go and live with themi but she would have felt herself in the way(though Joe’s wife was ever so nice with her) and she had become accustomed to the life of the laundry, Joe was a good fellow. She had nuned him and Alphy too; and Joe used often say: Mamma is mamma but Maria is my proper mother. After the break-up at home the boys had got her that position in the dublin by, and she liked it. She used to bave such a bad Dublin by laundry, opinion of Protestants but now she thought they were very nice people, and serious, but still very nice people to live with, Then she had her plants in the conservatory and she liked looking after them. She had lovely Ferns and wax plants and, whenever anyone came to visit her, she the visitor one or two slips from her conservatory. There was one always gave thing she didn’t like and that was the tracts on the walls but the matron was ach a nice person to deal with, so genteel.

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