Jack The Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 14 )

  But later I had worthy cause to remember my holier than thou, Mother’s words, ‘ She, won’t make you happy, she’s far too flighty!’ but for the moment I was in love and would do anything to please my bride, for she alone, had made a man of me.

My rather modest funds would not run to a Harley Street practice, but I managed to get my hands on a thriving practice in South Kensington. It had a relatively nice house attached to the surgery, I thought that it would be the perfect place for Isabelle and I to settle down and raise a family.

Although it was something that had remained unspoken between us, I had always assumed that once we were married and settled in our own home. We would try and start a family, in my ignorance I thought that this was the normal way of things.

But Isabelle, apparently had other ideas of her own, and they did not include children, at least not with me as the Father, as I later discovered. To my shame and cost. But these things occurred later in our marriage, when relations between us had taken a turn for the worse.

Once my surgery was up and running, and my living was assured. I decided to devote one day a week to Charity Patients, working class people who couldn’t afford a Doctors fee but nonetheless suffered from various ailments. Isabelle was adamant, she insisted that I was wasting valuable time, time when I could be making money to purchase a practice in Harley Street.

 (C) Damian Grange 2017


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8 thoughts on “

    1. Although a work of fiction I am trying to get as close to the actual truth as I can. I have read several of the so called scholarly accounts but none of them come to a definite conclusion, I am trying to remedy that in this story.

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  1. The Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross noted that all men are sinners but it was often through a series of steps and choices made where man made the descent from sinner to monster.

    To use a very modern analogy, Darth Vader did not start out as Darth Vader but as Anakin Skywalker.

    What I like about this tale is you’re carefully showing the seeds of frustration being sown which turned this particular individual into the person we know as Jack the Ripper.

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  2. I have read several of the so-called scholarly works on Jack, but none of them to my way of thinking offered a satisfactory conclusion. Although mine is totally a work of fiction, I am offering reasons other than that Jack was a knife weilding maniac with a bloodlust. thank you for your comments and continuing support.

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