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Victoriana 15

Chapter 15 The departure of the cart had not however, passed unnoticed; little Emmeline Trelawney had hardly been able to sleep, partly because of the excitement of being allowed to accompany her Papa and Mama […]

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Victoriana 14

Chapter 14 Later that night, after a hearty supper of locally caught mackerel, the four were upstairs in Irving and Fingers’s room, trying to make sense of the day’s events. Rusty spread out the documents […]

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Victoriana 13

Chapter 13 After they had walked a couple of miles they sat down on a bank at the edge of the road for a rest. Victoriana laboriously unbuttoned her boots and rubbed her feet vigorously. […]

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Victoriana 12

Chapter 12 Rusty did not hesitate. With the briefest of glances at the map, he shouted ‘That one!’ and pointed at the easternmost of the three holes. Irving picked up Victoriana and Fingers seized Rusty, […]

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Victoriana 11

Chapter 11 The temperature had been dropping rapidly for some time and the stowaways were shivering in their hideout. ‘Wadya reckon, Oiving? Guess we’re headin’ north much as east?’ suggested Fingers. ‘I t’ink I’ll try […]

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Victoriana 10

Chapter 10 They sat in silence on the floor of the chamber as Fingers toiled unavailngly with the lock. The sky was slowly beginning to lighten. Victoriana could not help asking apprehensively, ‘What happens to […]

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Victoriana 9

Chapter 9 As the splintering crash of the last falling crate died away, Victoriana opened her eyes. Though her father had taken her once as a special treat to a military tattoo, she had never […]

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Victoriana 8

Chapter 8 ‘Move it, goil,’ said Irving. ‘We gotta get t’ru da narrow bit before dey come.’ He seized Victoriana’s hand and dragged her over the uneven floor of the tunnel, while Fingers and Rusty stumbled […]

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Victoriana 7

Chapter 7 When Victoriana descended for breakfast the following morning, she was intercepted by Rusty before she could enter the dining room. ‘I have sent a letter to the stationmaster at East Broadway station with an […]

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Victoriana 6

Chapter 6 The accident had only just happened. The steamer was nose down in the hole and one rear wheel was still turning lazily. There was a descending whine as its turbine ran down. A […]