Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 18 )

  To my surprise and delight I secured the position, I was now resident Physician at the Whitechapel Infirmary. I sold my surgery in South Kensington. incurring a small loss, I had only myself to blame, no one wants to buy a run – down practice.

I found a sound, but slightly dilapidated house in the better part of Whitechapel, if indeed there was such a thing, but it suited my purpose, it was within walking distance of the Infirmary.

I advertised for a couple to live in, Cook / Housekeeper and Valet / Handyman, the only applicants were the McGinty’s. Their references were not impeccable, but then neither were mine, so I decided to give them a chance.

Mrs McGinty was a treasure, who soon proved her worth, her husband, was he had stated an ex- soldier, I couldn’t imagine anything less soldier like, both in his bearing and his shiftless ways. But even McGinty proved to have his uses, as it turned out.

And so, here I was in the Spring of Eighteen Eighty-Five making a fresh start to my life. Isabelle was all but forgotten. The important thing now was to regain my reputation as a Physician. I would make the trustees of the Whitechapel Infirmary, proud that they had seen fit to employ me.

Mrs McGinty was a wonderful cook, and with a full meal inside me I soon forsook the longing for cheap gin, not only that but I had my reputation to restore. Roly could have his Harley Street Practice, peddling placebos to elderly dowagers. But I was in Whitechapel, here there were real people, with real ailments, here I was needed!

(c) Damian Grange 2017

14 thoughts on “

  1. I’m afraid not, but if you check back through my posts excerpts are usually Mondays and Fridays
    Many thanks for you interest, I’m afraid I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to setting things up on WordPress

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    1. It would be good if you had a pages list where you could put the titles. It is easy to set up from WP admin page. I was skipping back and forth through the chapters and although it is easy to catch up, it would be nicer to read the stories in a chronological order.


      1. On your posting page at WP, is there not a blank box at the top of the page where you can type the title, Malcolm?

        There is on mine.

        That way readers can directly click on the title and read the post with that title’s particular subject matter.


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