Chapter 43: A Friend in Need
We got to the station in good time, and being under shelter the lady stood
a good while talking to Jerry. I found she had been Polly's mistress,
and after many inquiries about her she said:
"How do you find the cab work suit you in winter? I know Mary
was rather anxious about you last year."
"Yes, ma'am, she was; I had a bad cough that followed me up quite into
the warm weather, and when I am kept out late she does worry herself
a good deal. You see, ma'am, it is all hours and all weathers,
and that does try a man's constitution; but I am getting on pretty well,
and I should feel quite lost if I had not horses to look after.
I was brought up to it, and I am afraid I should not do so well
at anything else."
"Well, Barker," she said, "it would be a great pity that you should
seriously risk your health in this work, not only for your own
but for Mary's and the children's sake; there are many places
where good drivers or good grooms are wanted, and if ever you think
you ought to give up this cab work let me know."
Then sending some kind messages to Mary she put something into his hand,
saying, "There is five shillings each for the two children;
Mary will know how to spend it."
Jerry thanked her and seemed much pleased, and turning out of the station
we at last reached home, and I, at least, was tired.