When the line for coffee came to an end Mrs B said, Let's go into the office where we can talk. When we were seated Mrs B said,'I heard that you are having trouble with the chauffeur.' How did she know! How can I answer. I said nothing, just looked intently at my nails. I wished I could bite them.
Finally Mrs B said ' I will tell you how I know. Angelo, who used to work for me, until he said he wanted to retire, came to me yesterday and told me what you said about Tom. He, Angelo, is very fond of you. He said he wished he had a daaughter like you. Then he asked me if there was anything I could do. Mrs D is a good friend of mine and I don't want to meddle in her household.
If you want to, I will offer you the same job you have now and I will increase your wage by a third. Finish out this month, give your notice, and when it is right for you to leave call me. I will send my chauffeur to pick you up. If they want reasons say you were offered more money. You don't have to tell me now. Think about it. But I can promise you one thing, you will be safe at my house. Now tell your group that I will take you home.
I had so far never met Mrs D. I had seen her from a distance. I felt her ignoring me must show how people related to their servants, at least the ones on the bottom of the rung. And now, suddenly, I had been thrust from oblivion into full daylight.
When I returned to the house, Inga and Elsa were sitting in our living room. What happened! Why did she want to see you. I lied and said she just wanted to know about Greta Garbo.