The Story So Far

The People's Friend - - Chat 55 -

AT forty-three, MOR­WENNA NANKERRIS didn’t ex­pect to be preg­nant, and bed rest is pre­scribed. To pass the time she tells JENNA GOSS, res­i­dent in the house to com­ply with a fam­ily will, to read to her as daugh­ter LAMORNA is re­luc­tant to do so. Jenna, a coun­try girl, can’t read, so Mor­wenna teaches her.

Jenna’s sweet­heart, GARREN, un­be­knownst to her has been work­ing in the stores at Wheal Daniel, the clay mine man­aged by JAGO and ARTHEK Nankerris.

Af­ter stum­bling on se­cre­tive be­hav­iour of Arthek, Garren is de­moted to ket­tle boy, but when then when Garren saves Arthek’s life he is re­warded with his old job.

Barred from the Nankerris home, one day he sees Jenna at the mine. Her fin­ery un­der­lines the dif­fer­ence be­tween them now . . .

Jenna’s fa­ther, THOMAS, gold­min­ing in Amer­ica, has met a Chero­kee girl, AHYOKA. The death of her grand­fa­ther leaves Ahyoka in dan­ger from the mili­tia who are forc­ing the na­tives from their land. Thomas pro­poses to her, point­ing out that as his wife she will be un­der his pro­tec­tion, and she ac­cepts.

Jenna is home­sick but has been de­nied per­mis­sion to visit in case the terms of the will are com­pro­mised. She and Lamorna de­vise a plan – they will tell the house­hold Jenna is sick and she’ll slip away in the mid­dle of the night . . .

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