Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 180 )
I felt extremely flattered and slightly embarrassed by his compliments, I had never pictured myself in the guise of role model. But in a way he was correct, I was looking for someone with attitudes similar to my own and James certainly seemed to possess them.
I made a spur of the moment decision and decided to offer him the position, he was not perfect but he had shown a willingness to learn and he was by far the better of my applicants.
I enquired, ‘ If I offered you this position, have you somewhere to live in London?’ ‘I may have misunderstood, but I was under the impression that I would be residing at the surgery, have I made a dreadful mistake?’ was his concerned reply.
‘Not at all, I can get Mrs McGinty to sort out a room for you and you may have your meals with me, if that is not an inconvenience, but of course that will be taken from your salary,’ I stated.
‘I find that very agreeable, I made some enquiries about the price of rooms in London and I had thought that it might become a problem.’ he stated honestly.
‘Right! back to business, how would you feel if for starters I offered you a fifth of the net profit that the surgery makes, less your room and board, this is for an initial twelve months then I will review it. But please be aware that I do free clinics for the poor and needy for which the surgery receives no income,’ I wanted no secrets between us.
‘I do believe that you mentioned that fact in your advertisement, and I am all for it, everyone should have access to Medical treatment no matter what their income.’ he agreed.
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