Have a cuppa with Shirley (or Martin)
My, my but its hot
today! I dont know how Martin can be still working out there in all this heat. Come
in and rest. Theyre saying on the telly that its supposed to be 85 tomorrow.
Well all suffocate, and thats the truth. Well, now, have you heard that we found our Miss Knytleigh? I
believe Mr. Tinsley would have called the police, but didnt dare to, being afraid
that Miss Simmons would think he was acting partial. In the end he found her at
Franks cottage. Shes moved in with him, hasn't she? Now its not my place
to say, and I dont generally meddle in other folks business, but shes no
good for him. No better than fairground stock, I reckon. When Miss Ellen was alive there
would have been none of these goings on with the staff, but Miss Simmons, shes a
"modern" lady and wont say a word. Glad shes lost the competition,
is my guess. Anyway, Miss Knytleigh, as calm as you please, told Mr. Tinsley that he
neednt have worried, she was still working and her living arrangements were her own
business. The nerve. She was asking Martin and me a load of questions the other evening.
Id just finished cleaning out the dining room, and she sat down as if she owned the
place and started in on us (see Conversations in
the Dining Room). I dont know why she doesnt call on Irene,
Mrs. Kents niece, and talk to her. She was here all the time as a girl, long before
I was, and knew the place inside out. Still, I told her what I could. Now I didn't talk
about HER. Well you can't really, can you? She might meet HER, or she might not, but
it's not up to me to invite trouble. Doesn't do anybody good to speak ill of the
dead, what with the drowning and all. She really ought to take a look at Mr. Basil's
book. Wonder why she hasn't...? Never mind. Now everyones in a to-do
because Mr. Tinsleys father arrived for a long visit. Might even stay. I think
its nice, having family around and all. Where else is the old gentleman to go?He
seems quite fond of my cooking...
Hold on, theres the kettle. Can I pour you a cuppa?