Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 153 )
‘If someone has taken a life, for whatever reason, would they be granted redemption and how long would it take to receive it’ I questioned my Brother. ‘I’m afraid that as much as I would like to, I can give you no answer, other than to say the Good Lord himself will decide as and when redemption is served.’
‘So, there are no guidelines, no set of penances to be fulfilled, like in the confessional.’ ‘Not to my knowledge, but why this sudden interest in redemption, have you sinned?’ ‘No! I had so many dying soldiers on my hands, and I was asked so many theological questions, that in all honesty I did not know how to answer, I suppose the matter as been preying on my mind,’ I replied in partial honesty.
‘I think that the only answer that I can give, is to keep the faith and let the Lord provide the answers, no one but he has them.’ stated Giles piously, ‘Now can we get on to a more cheerful subject, tell me of your plans for a surgery.’
‘I already have the property as you know, my study could very easily be converted in to a surgery, my only expense would be the hiring of a receptionist / secretary, and with the amount of unemployment in the area to a certain amount, I can pick and choose.’I stated.
‘Who would your patients be?’ queried Giles, with his business mind. ‘The better class populace of Whitechapel, or to simplify it, the people who can afford to pay for my services, I still have a certain reputation in the area.’ I replied confidently.
‘And what of the poor? asked Giles, ‘I am considering running two free afternoon clinics for the poor and needy, they have not been forgotten.’ I replied.
(C) Damian Grange 2019