Tuesday 9 May – LET ME GO TO HER, Episode Two – Furnivall Manor

William E. Spear

Volume 1, Issue 19


Full Transcript –



(Cold open)

The student’s college dreams come back from the financial dead and the orphaned Rosie talks to an unseen child.

Right here on The 3:57 by William E. Spear.

(Theme for Let Me Go To Her comes up)

Hello my name is William Spear and this is our series titled LET ME GO TO HER.

It is interpreted from Elizabeth Gaskell’s THE OLD NURSE’S STORY published in 1852.

An attorney has shown up representing the Furnivall family and their intent to adopt the orphan Rosie. But, who is the family and what is their connection?

Now, Episode Two . . . Furnivall Manor.

(Theme for Let Me Go To Her fades under and out)

I called mom and dad and they said they’d be home as quick as possible. The attorney sat down and didn’t say a word.

Rosie walked between us and examined the visitor. Hair color, shoe color, and briefcase color were faded brown, worn out brown, and barely brown.

The little girl walked into another room and spoke words we didn’t fully hear.

When she returned, she mumbled, stared again at the visitor, and resumed her post looking out the window.

Mom and dad arrived with the attorney who helped us with Rosie. The legals gestured to each other and the papers were exchanged.

Rosie wandered between us and back to the window.

Mom and dad’s attorney acknowledged the papers were properly signed and sealed with “Duly Noteds”, “Therefores”, and “Parties of the First and Second Parts”. However, a day’s time to fully review the documents was requested.

The Furnivall attorney reluctantly granted twenty-four hours. A deep bow was offered followed by a quick retreat.

The moment the door closed there was an explosion of voices.

Dad said there was no way he’d let a stranger take Rosie. Mom added Rosie’s parents never even mentioned the name Furnivall.

Their well-intended concerns were undermining my slim hopes of going to college.

Our attorney left with a promise to have answers in the morning. Dinner was a quiet affair and we went to bed.

After midnight I heard a voice and went into the living room. There was Rosie staring out the window saying, “Yes, I know. Soon. Very soon.” When she saw me she went back to bed. I grabbed a blanket and slept in the living room.

In the morning the Furnivall attorney arrived after breakfast and immediately complained of being late for appointments.

Around eleven our attorney arrived with the verdict: The Furnivalls were, indeed, Rosie’s blood relatives and prepared to take her in.

Mom and dad protested but everything was legal. I offered to drive Rosie so they could go back to work. Their attorney sent a notice to the household staff that we would arrive by mid-afternoon.

The journey up the highway began and the weather fought back. Every exit marker added clouds and grey. When the final toll was paid, a downpour pummeled my car. Noah’s ark had nothing on us.

Each road was more narrow and rougher than the one before. From a lane that was ancient when Rip Van Winkle was young, we turned onto the Furnivall estate.

(Bed of organ music)

Their stone and granite manor house was half consumed by the surrounding forest. Through the trees, music rose.

It beckoned – or dared – us to approach. The entrance door was pushed open and there was an organ blaring.

But no one was playing it.

(Organ music fades up and under)

You’ve just listened to the Second Episode of LET ME GO TO HER.

Theme and organ music are through the courtesy of DSTechnician at PixaBay.

The Three Fifty-seven is written and produced by William Spear.

Thank you for listening.

(Organ music fades out)

Author: William Spear

William E. Spear has written for audio since 1994. His book, "Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air," was released on July 31, 2006. He founded Two Plus Plus Productions LLC in 2006 and is President. He founded Hunterdon Radio Theatre in 1999 and has written over 15 plays since. Spear's work has been broadcast in New York and New Jersey and his plays have been published on web sites across the country.

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