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The People’s Friend Magazine
D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd.

With a Silken Thread

A Short Story by Author Pamela Kavanagh.

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With a Silken Thread

Illustration by Gerard Fay.

……Eliza speared her needle into the cushioned pocket of her work-box and contemplated the sampler she was stitching. Begun at the start of the year, it was a family record, headed with Mama and Papa and followed by her three older sisters with respective spouse or betrothed……



Lettie is nothing like her sister. Lettie is ambitious and not remotely interested in marriage. This story is set in 1890.


Lettie has dark hair and dark eyes (she’s 20) and is a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding. She is wearing a gold dress and is off to the side chatting to a guest. Looking on admiringly is Professor Miles Grafton. He is in his mid to late 20s and is tanned from his visits abroad. Lettie is unaware that he is looking at her.

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