Ear-rings from Frankfurt by Reg Wright

Ear-rings from Frankfurt by Reg Wright

Sometimes our brothers and sisters make our life difficult especially if they’re younger and you always feel responsibility for them. If they have some troubles, we help them. This book raises a question – can people change if they make a big mistake in life? The main character of the story is Jennifer Walton. She works as a nurse. Jennifer is a kind and responsible person. She has a younger brother and he is her antipode. His name is Richard. He often changes jobs and girls. He always needs money. When the police come to her looking for her brother she isn’t very surprised. Richard had some problems with the police earlier. But then the police start suspecting her as the accomplice in crime. She is shocked. By an unhappy coincidence she was giving her brother’s criminal boss a lift to the hospital while the crime was being committed. She didn’t know who he was. That was a coincidence. Will the police believe her?

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Ear-rings from Frankfurt by Reg Wright

Jennifer looked at the clock on the waiting-room wall. Nearly half-past eight. The light was still on in Doctor Gibson’s room. I’m going to be late, she said to herself, why doesn’t he hurry up? The evening surgery was always busy on Thursdays but tonight was worse than usual.

She quickly put the newspapers in a cupboard. Then she took off her white coat and locked it in the cupboard too. She was turning off the lights when someone rang the front doorbell. Oh no, not another patient, not at this hour. She ran to the door and opened it. Outside it was dark but she could see a man, his hands deep in his pockets. He moved his head and the light fell on his face.

‘Richard!’ she cried in surprise. ‘What are you doing here?’

‘Can I come in for a minute?’

He did not wait for an answer but pushed past her and went inside. Jennifer turned to him. She was usually pleased when Richard called, but this was the wrong time. ‘I’m sorry, but you can’t stay. I must hurry. I’m meeting my friend Claire for dinner and…’ She stopped. It was Richard’s eyes – they looked tired and worried.

‘What’s the matter?’ she asked.

Ear-rings from Frankfurt by Reg Wright

Just then Dr Gibson called from his room. ‘Did I hear the doorbell, Nurse? Was it another patient?’

‘No, it’s only my brother Richard,’ she called back.

She turned back to Richard. ‘Is something wrong?’ she asked again.

He shook his head. ‘I’m fine,’ he said. ‘It’s just… well, I had some trouble at work.’

‘Trouble?’

‘It was nothing, really. I said something to my boss and he didn’t like it. He got angry with me and… and in the end he told me to go. So I’ve lost my job.’

‘Oh Richard, not again! Why do you do these things?’ Jennifer was beginning to feel cross with him. ‘And now you have no money, is that it?’

‘Take it easy, Jenny. I don’t need very much. Only twenty pounds. I’ll pay you back next week – really I will.’ He put his hand on her arm. ‘You can do that for me, can’t you? Just twenty pounds. It’s for a present.’

‘Yes, I know, I know. A present for a very special girl – like the last one. And the one before.’ Jennifer knew her young brother well and she was often angry with him, but she could never say no to him. She opened her bag, took out some money and gave it to him. ‘But remember, I want it back next week…’

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