Tuesday 16 May – LET ME GO TO HER, Episode Three – Discoveries

William E. Spear

Volume 1, Issue 20


Full Transcript –



(Cold open)

The student navigated a downpour to get Rosie to her new family. But the crumbling mansion is no one’s idea of “Home Sweet Home.”

Their story is coming up next on The 3:57 by William E. Spear.

(Organ music 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.

The student and Rosie entered Furnivall Manor in upstate New Jersey and were assaulted by organ music. But, no one was playing.

Now, Episode Three . . . Discoveries.

(Organ music climbs)

The music continued to climb until a voice called out: “Hello, there. We’ve be expecting you.”

(Organ music quickly fades out)

It was James, one half of the couple who ran the household. I looked around and asked what happened to the music.

“There was no music,” said another voice slicing from the shadows.

Dorothy, the other half, stepped next to her husband and asked, “Was there James?”

He looked down and mumbled “No. Of course not.” I dropped the subject and focused on the portraits hanging in the hallway. Generations of Furnivalls were on display.

Their good looks were exceeded only by their pride and scorn.

Of note, one painting was covered. “Who’s that?” There’s no need to look assured Dorothy as she steered me away.

I called for Rosie but the child did not answer. She was gone. “Rosie! ROSIE!”

James pointed me toward the drawing-room. Sitting on a sofa larger than my car was Rosie.

He spoke: “She’s with Miss Furnivall and Mrs. Stark.”

I breathed relief and approached the odd trio: an orphaned six-year-old and two octogenarians. Rosie chattered away as if they were lifelong pals.

James introduced me. Mrs. Stark was cold and grey. Miss Furnivall, Grace when she was young, was thin and had a face full of fine wrinkles. Traces of ancient beauty mixed with the family’s ever-present pride and scorn.

James excused himself to bring refreshments. With Rosie cheerfully regaling Miss Furnivall, Mrs. Stark, and Dorothy, I volunteered to help.

We passed by the paintings and James pointed out out a striking portrait of a young Grace. Who would have thought Miss Furnivall had been such an out-and-out beauty to see her now?

“True,” said James. “But Miss Furnivall’s older sister, Maude, was even more stunning.” The possibility was beyond imagination.

“Where’s her portrait?” I asked.

James checked in the drawing room and saw Dorothy tending to Miss Furnivall. He made me swear I would never tell her and then tilted his head toward the covered picture as he left for the kitchen.

I uncovered it and there was young Maude Furnivall. To be sure, she beat Miss Grace for beauty and scornful pride. But it would’ve been close.

As I stood marvelling, a familiar voice sliced through me: “You were told not to look.”

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

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

Organ and theme music are through the courtesy of DSTechnician at PixaBay.

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

Thank you for listening.

(Theme for Let Me Go To Her fades out)

The end.

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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