Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 6 )

  Because I had suddenly developed an aptitude for learning, my tutors pushed me harder to succeed and I thrived under the pressure. I wanted this and I would prove both, to my Father and my tutors that I, of all people deserved it.

At the end of term, when I took my examinations, I passed in every subject and even excelled in some, much to the surprise and delight of my tutors, whom I have to thank for their patience and forbearance with me.

I couldn’t wait to return home and show my Father my results, I had him over a barrel, my results were so good, even excellent, if I do say so myself. There is no way in all honesty that he can refuse me. I will attend Medical School next term.

My Father was so delighted with my progress, that he agreed immediately and set upon enquiring about a position for me. He wanted the best for me, I realise that now on reflection.

The Medical School would not accept me until I was fifteen years old, so I had to return to boarding school for a further term. I actually didn’t mind, because I Knew that I would soon be beginning my training as a physician. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy and that many, fall by the wayside, but I was absolutely determined to succeed.

It was not just a career, I saw it as a calling, away to help my fellow man. I had the dedication, all I needed was the training that would teach me the necessary skills. My brother Giles was going to follow my Father and become a priest, I wished him well, for my own path was ordained too!

(c) Damian Grange 2017

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