The Anglican Church in Christchurch, New Zealand, is seeking decent young women, well versed in housekeeping and child rearing, interested in entering into a Christian marriage with highly esteemed, well-situated members of our congregation.
elen’s gaze xed briefy on the unobtrusive advertisement on thelast page o the church leafet. The teacher had browsed through
the booklet while her students worked silently on a grammar exercise.Helen would have preerred to read a book, but William’s constant
questions broke her concentration. Even now, the eleven-year-old
lited his brown mop top rom his work.
“In the third paragraph, Miss Davenport, is it supposed to be
?”Helen pushed her reading aside with a sigh and explained to theboy, or the umpteenth time that week, the dierence between de-nite and indenite relative clauses. William, the youngest son o her employer, Robert Greenwood, was a handsome boy, but not exactlygited with a brilliant intellect. He needed help with every assign-ment and orgot Helen’s explanations aster than she could give them;he knew only how to gaze with touching helplessness at grown-ups,roping them in with his sweet boyhood soprano. Lucinda, William’smother, ell or it every time. Whenever the boy snuggled up to her and suggested they do some little project together, Lucinda scrappedthe ater-school tutoring that Helen had arranged. For that reason,
William still could not read fuently, and even the easiest spelling
exercises were hopelessly over his head. Attending a university likeCambridge or Oxord, as his ather dreamed, was unthinkable.