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“Call the police to Bessie, get her jailed? Queenie would find someone else to do what she wanted done, for it was clear she was determined to be rid of her progeny. If there was one fact becoming ever more clear to him it was that the Queenies of London, like the Pearls, would go to any lengths to rid themselves of the punishment their sex heaped on them. Abandoned by men who shared the culpability of their dilemma, there was no other answer for them but to find someone like Bessie Woodstock to 'take care of them,' a dreadful euphemism that filled his mind with a sick depair.”
Claire Rayner, English writer, journalist, broadcaster, nurse, and advice columnist
(1931 - 2010)
Full name: Claire Berenice Chetwynd Rayner.