By Kerry Greenwood
It’s the Twenties in Melbourne and Phryne is requested to enquire the complicated demise of a recognized writer and illustrator of fairy tales. to take action, Phryne takes a task in the women’s journal that hired the sufferer and reveals herself enmeshed in her colleagues’ deceptions.
But whereas Phryne is studying the fine details of journal publishing first hand, her own lifestyles is thrown into chaos. Impatient for her lover Lin Chung’s impending go back from a silk-buying excursion to China, she in its place gets an strange summons from Lin Chung’s relations through a chain of mysterious attacks and warnings.
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On the sea? Even now returning with a large supply of new silks and stories to tell? The newspapers had not been encouraging about the situation in China since the death of Sun Yat Sen, Father of his People. Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek had managed to hold on to some cities, but the Japanese were in Manchuria, the Russians were threatening at several points, and the rest of China had reverted to the rule of the warlords, which it always did lacking a strong central government. Palaces had been sacked.
Fight fires. Drive trains. Mine coal. I remember driving a delivery truck. I only had to work nine hours a day. I got meal breaks and smokos. I had been looking after three children under five on my own on a soldier’s wife’s pension in a cold-water second-floor room in Richmond. On my male wages I could afford to hire two women to look after my children and still have enough left over to buy luxuries like butter. After a year I could afford to move into a house. Of course, after the war my husband came home, and I returned to the house.
The editress’s face was alight with pleasure. ’ 42 FAIRIES TEXT PAGES 15/10/03 3:27 PM Page 43 ‘I know they are banal beyond belief and unworthy of a sensible magazine, but the mothers love them. I suppose it fits in with what they think their children ought to be like, instead of the grubby little beasts they really are. It’s all Dr Stopes’s fault. Radiant Motherhood, indeed. But we do what we can, Miss Fisher. That’s our watchword. ’ ‘Miss Grigg quoted it,’ said Phryne. ’ ‘In every generation there have been remarkable women.