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I want Feather taken care of. Get Mr Grace's runners onto it.

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Search the streets yourself.

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We could take on another family. A girl, perhaps.

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She has the book. It's got dirt on everyone.

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Now, I will give you this book, but on one condition -

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you will get me on the next available ship to New York.

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Stop! Matron's running away to America.

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Lock her in her office until the constable gets here.

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Cranbourne!

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I risked everything to make sure Matron paid for what she did.

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That's got to be worth something, hasn't it?

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She's gone.

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Finally, after all my years at the foundling hospital,

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this was my new beginning.

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I was only a few miles from the hospital, on the heaths of London...

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..but, to me, we were travelling to a whole other world.

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I'd left my past with Matron behind.

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It felt like, here, nothing would ever hurt me again.

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I knew, at last, I would find a way to see my mother.

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I was free.

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So you're our foundlings.

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I'm Mrs Penhaligon, housekeeper.

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From now on, you will report to me.

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Well, as free as a servant could be.

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This is Calendar Hall.

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Welcome to your life in service.

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-Your name?

-Hetty Feather.

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I'm Sheila, Sheila Ormsby.

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Trained to the highest level, with exemplary kitchen skills

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and an excellent shortcrust pastry.

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I waited on the governors, too, and served luncheon

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in the dining hall. Upstairs or downstairs, I'll fit in perfectly.

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Sheila, my staff speak when they are spoken to.

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-And you?

-I'm Gideon, ma'am.

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You will each serve Mr Calendar and his wife to the best

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of your ability. Likewise, his daughter, Miss Emily.

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Master Edwin is not in your care, and Miss Constance,

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we leave to the nursery maid.

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Your work starts now.

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Each day from half past five in the morning until the family

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retire to bed, you will remain on duty and abide by my rules.

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Be punctual, polite and courteous.

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Answer all orders promptly,

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and never share your opinion on any matter with your elders or betters.

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We do not want to know.

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Staff are not permitted visitors, friends, family or otherwise.

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-Never?

-At any time.

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Gideon, Agnes will show you to your room.

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You will meet Jack in the garden. He'll instruct you.

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And he doesn't take no messing.

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-Come on.

-Yes, miss.

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It's Agnes to you.

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Hetty, Sheila, this way to your quarters.

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-There's only bed.

-I was only expecting one maid of all work.

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You're sharing. Get changed, and straight to duty.

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Erm, that's Hetty's spare.

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Your uniform is in the kitchen cupboard,

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from the last scullery maid who left us.

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A scullery maid?

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While Hetty gets to swan around upstairs?

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That's not fair.

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I'll make up a bed...in the kitchen.

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That's where you'll sleep tonight.

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-On my own?

-It'll give you time to reflect on your insolence.

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Now, unpack. There's still hours left in the working day.

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Agnes will be sent to collect you.

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-Thanks a lot, Feather.

-Well, what have I done?

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If it wasn't for me rescuing you from Matron, you wouldn't be here.

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Now you've got my job, my bed, so I think I'm having your shelf.

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Do you mind?!

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-That's not yours.

-Well, it's not yours either, so give it back!

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Stop!

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"G Bottomly. Female, delivered.

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"Paid, two shillings."

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What's this about? This is Matron's.

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It's evidence against her, stupid.

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Mr Grace says you never know when I might need it.

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Matron's locked up in a prison cell, and we're here.

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We don't need evidence.

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And you call me stupid.

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You're both requested in the drawing room. No dilly-dallying.

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The new staff.

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Welcome, Hetty.

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-It is Hetty?

-Yes, ma'am.

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-And you are?

-Sheila Ormsby.

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Ah, yes. Welcome.

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It's my wife's tradition to greet new house staff upstairs,

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no matter what their position.

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Mrs Calendar started it in India.

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-And why not continue it here?

-This isn't India.

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It's their first day, and I want it to be special.

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I'm sure the girls will never forget it.

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Staff, Mrs Calendar. Not girls.

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In India, you see, it was much more informal. Wasn't it, George?

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But we're at the hall now, and Mrs Penhaligon knows this place,

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and London, far better than we do.

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Yes, I'm sure.

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First up, keeping the lawn tidy.

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-All of it?

-Make a start now.

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Simple work for a new boy. And no complaining.

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-It's head gardener's rules.

-Oh, I'm used to rules, believe me.

-Right.

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I'm off to do the walled garden.

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Don't leave here till I come for you.

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-Problem?

-No.

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How many dishes can one family use?

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-Here, Hetty, tonight's dessert was ice cream.

-Oh, I've never tasted it.

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Fancy a try?

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Sheila, leftovers are for children on the street.

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I just got some on my finger.

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Sink. Hetty, straight to your quarters.

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Finish up, and then you can make your bed for the night.

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DOOR BANGS/KEYS JANGLE IN LOCK

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DOOR RATTLES

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RATTLING CONTINUES

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Who is it?

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Who's there, I said!

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RATTLING CONTINUES

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I've got a rolling pin and I'm not afraid to use it!

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DOOR RATTLES/SHE SCREAMS

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I heard noises in the kitchen.

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I heard something, too.

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Can I sleep here tonight?

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I promise I won't wriggle.

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You better not.

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What do you mean, you couldn't get in?

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We tried, Mr Brumsden, but all the doors were locked,

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and some barmy kitchen maid threatened us with a rolling pin.

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Trying isn't good enough.

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When I give you a job, I want it done.

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-I sent you for that book.

-Alf! Alf!

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-She barged in, I couldn't stop her.

-Go.

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-What are you doing here?!

-I need your help.

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Please, you are the only person I can trust. I need to get away.

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I need to get out of London. Out of this country.

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Is that right?

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Well, perhaps you help me first.

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-What?

-That Hetty girl.

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-She's taken Mr Grace's book.

-Hetty Feather? Where is she?!

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-Calendar Hall.

-Oh, no.

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She's gone into service with the two others.

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The boys have tried getting in there.

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-Well, you can hardly turn up at Calendar Hall, Alf.

-Why not?

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You could always renew your acquaintance

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with Rosamund Calendar.

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Rosie O'Reilly has no interest in our friendship.

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Alf! Wait!

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I need to get to America.

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Think about it...

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If I get caught, what might I find myself telling the police?

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BELL RINGS

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Sheila Ormsby! Why aren't you in the scullery?

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Hetty Feather, you're late!

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-Yes, Mrs Penhaligon.

-Sorry, Mrs Penhaligon.

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Is that all you have to say for yourself?

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I heard noises in the night, like someone was trying to get in.

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I got scared.

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I'll put it down to it being your first night in an unfamiliar house -

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this time.

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But I do not suffer fools, and I am not lenient twice.

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Take Mrs Calendar's breakfast to her room directly.

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She has a very busy day ahead, what with her

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dressmaker's appointment and hours fixing her hair

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with a curling iron.

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-Well, step to it.

-Where's her room, Mrs Penhaligon?

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Across the main hall, sharp left.

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At the end of the corridor there is a staircase.

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It's on the next landing, facing you.

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Where?

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-You go, I'll catch you up.

-Of course.

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Now, Sheila is the one with brown hair.

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-Can you find her?

-Yes.

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She should be easy enough to flatter.

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Let me see. Hmph.

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One of you keep her busy while the other gets into the house. Yes?

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-BOTH: Yes.

-What happens if they run into Hetty?

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She saw the boys when she run off from the hospital.

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Well, she wouldn't recognise them dressed like delivery boys.

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Now, once you get the book, your reputation is clear...

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as is mine.

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Boys...

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Off you go.

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Excuse me, miss. I'm looking for Mrs Calendar's room.

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-I'm Hetty, the new maid of all work.

-Emily Calendar.

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Mr Calendar's eldest child, but not his heir.

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That's left to my brother, not that he has a say in the matter but,

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as a girl, one obviously doesn't have the correct requirements.

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-Life's unfair like that.

-Emily, good morning.

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What are you doing loitering?

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I just went to say good morning to Edwin, father.

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How is he today?

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-Bored, just like every day.

-Hetty?

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-Isn't there somewhere you need to be?

-Mrs Calendar's room.

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Mrs Calendar's my mother.

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I'm Constance.

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I'll remember that, Constance.

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Miss Constance.

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Emily, what are you hiding?

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Gray's Anatomy. Really?

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Surely there must be something more appropriate in the library

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than the intricate workings of the human body?

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Emily only likes boring books.

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-Well, no books are boring, Constance.

-Hetty...

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Excuse me, sir. I've come to take Miss Constance to the nursery maid.

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-CONSTANCE BLOWS RASPBERRY

-Constance!

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Hetty, get down to the kitchen. Mrs Calendar likes her tea hot.

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Get her a fresh pot.

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Yes, Mrs Penhaligon. Mr Calendar.

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Miss Emily, please remember you have an appointment with the dress

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-maker this afternoon.

-How exciting.

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And Lord and Lady Goodall are coming to dinner tonight.

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As long as Henry's not invited. He's such a dull boy.

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Must my children be so outspoken?

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Her age, sir.

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I'm very willing to guide her.

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We'll have your family fitted back into English society in no time.

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-Oi, less of the daydreaming.

-I'm not - there's a boy in the window.

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-That's Master Edwin. He's ill.

-Well, what's the matter with him?

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Mrs Penhaligan says that he has a weak disposition,

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whatever that means.

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She says that Mrs Calendar ordered him to stay inside.

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Even Matron let us out for exercise.

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But who are we to argue with the lady of the house?

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All right, this garden needs to be perfect by tonight. Come on.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Come in.

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Thank you, Hetty. Just leave it there.

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Yes, ma'am.

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How are you finding life at Calendar Hall?

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Very well, ma'am, thank you.

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It's a lot grander than the foundling hospital.

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It did appear a rather hard regime.

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-It...could be.

-Your matron seemed very strict.

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She was, ma'am, but I had very good friends.

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Well, friends are important at your age, I know.

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Hetty?

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My stepdaughter could do with a friend,

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or someone to keep an eye on her.

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If you ever see anything I ought to know about,

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you will tell me, won't you?

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I'll try, ma'am.

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Veg for tonight's dinner, all ready and checked for you, miss.

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The name's Agnes. And produce goes straight to the larder.

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-Are you daft, or something?

-Yes, Agnes.

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I mean, no, Agnes.

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The larder! This minute!

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Gidge!

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-How are you? Are you settling in all right?

-Well, I'm trying.

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Yeah, trying my patience.

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I told you to fetch both crates of veg, or do you always skive off?

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-Do you mind? That's my brother you're talking to.

-And you are?

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Hetty, his sister.

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Well, I'm Jack, his boss.

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He takes order from me from now on. Not you.

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-There's no need to be rude.

-I saw him sneaking about with someone.

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-I think it was the daughter of the house.

-Gideon?

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-The larder?

-Before I tell Mrs Penhaligan that you're

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-keeping our staff from their duties.

-Sorry, Agnes, Jack.

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You - drawing room. Morning coffee for Miss Emily.

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Yes, Agnes.

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-Delivery for you, miss.

-Fresh from Nelson's bakery.

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-Not seen you around.

-What's your name?

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Sheila. I'm new.

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Thought so, cos I'd never forget that smile. Would you, Sydney?

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Like an angel, Tom.

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Let me guess - you must sleep in the attic so you're nearer the stars.

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Top of the house, tucked in the corner.

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An angel deserves a lot better.

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Anyway, it's the housekeeper you want, not me.

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Didn't anyone tell you? She doesn't like the bother.

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Straight through to the pantry. I know the way.

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Here. I always save a sweet bun in case I meet a pretty customer.

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You say the nicest things, Tom.

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Hetty?

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Yes, Mrs Penhaligon?

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Dust the picture frames and polish the furniture.

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And the silverware needs polishing, too.

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Yes, Mrs Penhaligon.

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I'll be back later to check for finger marks.

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Here, let me take that for you. Good luck.

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What, all of it?

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Maid-of-all-work means all work. Get to it, then.

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Emily! How many times must I tell you? You can't sneak out here.

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This isn't India, we have to adjust.

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You didn't care what Edwin and I did in India.

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Of course I cared. It's just that it matters more here.

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The dressmaker is arriving soon, so please stay nearby.

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I don't need another new dress.

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-A girl requires smart clothes here, Emily.

-Oh!

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And will Edwin be getting smart London clothes

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for smart London society?

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Of course not, because nobody sees him,

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because no-one is allowed to see him, are they?

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-Er...who are you?!

-I'm Gideon, the new gardener boy.

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You're Edwin, aren't you?

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Master Edwin, actually.

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-And you're in here without permission.

-I'm sorry, Master Edwin.

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I thought I saw someone run in the house.

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It's just me here, as you can see.

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-I'm not ill, as you've probably been told.

-Yes, Master Edwin.

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I mean, no...

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Don't believe everything you hear.

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They just prefer me and Emily to be seen and not heard.

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-Or in my case, hardly seen at all.

-I'm sorry.

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I saw you looking out of the window.

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Well, I used to collect garden specimens. Come on, have a look.

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FAINT DIALOGUE

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My stepmother says going out in the damp air could affect my health.

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We were told going outside was good for you. Even when it was raining.

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You'll get a lot of that.

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Master Edwin?

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Yes?

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Edwin, who were you talking to?

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No-one. I was just reading aloud.

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Lunch is ready in the nursery. Constance is waiting for you.

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Agnes will be sent up shortly to collect you.

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Agnes? Master Edwin is waiting for you.

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-What do I do now?

-Quick! Wheel me!

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You can leave this way.

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This will take you through to the drawing room. See? Secret door.

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Perhaps next time you can bring me a specimen.

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Next time, we can collect them ourselves.

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-See you soon.

-Thank you.

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We could go out walking, if you like.

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It'd take more than a sweet bun, Tom, but I do like ice cream.

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Right, we need to head back. The order's not complete.

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-What?

-The job's not done. We're out of here.

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Ah! Well, um...nice meeting up.

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Forget it! And your bun was stale!

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-We can't go back without the book.

-So what do we do?

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Well...if it's not in the room, then she's either hidden it,

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or she's got it on her.

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-So what now?

-We need Hetty Feather.

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Passable.

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HETTY SIGHS

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Right, wood needs fetching for the fires.

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The wood shed is through the walled garden, past the East Gate.

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-Yes, Mrs Penhaligon.

-Wait.

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Maids, honestly!

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Sometimes they're more trouble than they're worth.

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Hetty? Get a move on, will you?

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Well, go on!

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-That's her.

-Come on!

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Argh! Ah!

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HETTY: You might think your worst days are behind you.

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You might think you deserve better

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than the drudgery of a life downstairs.

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Here's some more for you.

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Calendar Hall might have been a beautiful, grand house,

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but nothing was how it appeared.

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Everyone seemed to be hiding something.

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Mrs Brumsden! Mr Brumsden!

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What is this?!

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-We couldn't find the book, sir.

-So we got you, Hetty Feather!

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And just because you think you're safe...

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..it doesn't mean that you are.

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You've got the wrong GIRL!

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Let me out! Let me out!

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-You've got Emily?

-And strict instructions. Keep it to yourself.

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You'll have to tell Mr Calendar. He'll get the police.

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I'm in charge of this house.

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Remember that, Master Edwin.

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Hetty, this is scary.

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We have to get Emily.

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Be careful.

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And when Hetty does finally turn up, she will be dismissed.

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I know, Matron. She cannot be trusted!

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-Get off of me!

-Leave her!

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Hetty Feather.

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Hetty starts her new life in a grand country house but is immediately drawn into a world of mystery. And a London gang are searching for her, too.


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