Edith’s Story

Edith Sommerville illustration


You can’t fix a problem if you don’t understand it. Your brothers scoff as you leave to visit the poor, but you hold your head high. Important work doesn’t only happen in offices and studies.

On your first day, the children strike you most deeply: how many futures are being squandered, for want of proper aid?

You work alongside a man named Hugh. He’s bright, and very interested in improving labourers’ lives. You love discussing his ideas, but you know your parents would never approve — he’s shabby, and not very refined.

Do you keep talking with Hugh, or excuse yourself?