By Ruth Rendell
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me went all the way down to the river to wash; Adam and Eve have been drowned. Who was once saved?' This previous nursery rhyme is a favorite of Jerry Leach (if that's the identify he's utilizing on the time), a good-looking ne'er do good, who sponges off girls. 5 girls, unknown to one another, are his keen sufferers. One he even married as soon as and deserted, whereas promising to marry one other. yet, with the harsh irony he will be the first to acknowledge in that nursery rhyme, Jerry, nearly unintentionally, turns into the sufferer of 1 of his lady prey.
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She’d make a cup of tea and bring it up to him. And it would give her a chance to wash. When he woke up she was bathed and her hair washed, wearing clean trousers and T-shirt, standing meekly by the bed holding a mug of tea and the sugar basin. “The first time,” he said. ” She wasn’t as pleased as he expected her to be. Who were these other women who hadn’t made him tea? Maybe only his mother and the one who’d been his wife. He drank the tea and got up, going off to work without having a proper wash, which shocked her.
She was wearing her new red trouser suit and a long scarf thing in powder blue that she called a pashmina. Her lipstick matched her suit, and her hair, newly done, was just like the shiny hat on the toby jug Auntie had brought back from a trip to Southend. “We thought we’d go on the bus,” Sonovia said. “Laf says there’s no way he’s parking the car down there and maybe getting it clamped. ” Minty was disappointed about the car but didn’t say so. ” Laf came out from the front room and gave her a kiss.
She’d never seriously thought of having a boyfriend, still less of getting married. When she was younger Sonovia used to tease her a bit and ask her when she was going to get a man of her own, and Minty always said she wasn’t the marrying kind. Auntie’s mysterious but horrific account of her marital experience had put her off. Besides, she didn’t know any unattached men and none showed any signs of wanting to know her. Until Jock. Not the first but the second time she went into the pub she saw him looking at her.