As Mary begins her railway journey from London to Edinburgh, contemplating a bleak future, she thinks back upon the past. Only four years earlier she had looked forward to married life in India, having made her choice between two young men - both of whom she had cared for - and believing a bright future lay before her. Now she has returned, widowed and poor, her pride humbled by her late husband's ill-treatment of her.
Mary's pride may have one more blow to sustain when she realizes that the other young man, Cosmo Gordon, is travelling in the same train.
Biographical and other notes
This hitherto unknown story was discovered in 2014 by Alan John.
British publishing information
Periodical: LLoyd's Weekly London Newspaper 7 Sept 1890