Foreign News: Marble Halls

Every proper knight-errant wants to see his true love lapped in luxury. Meek little Edmund Lusignea was not precisely the Galahad type, and London's grimy East Ham suburb, whose romantically named streets (Shelley Avenue, Browning Road, Shakespeare Crescent) are a standing rebuke to the rows of dingy houses that line them, gave him little opportunity to surround his 38-year-old bride Emily with splendor. But Edmund, a worker in a local stationery factory, did what he could. Every morning he got up two hours early to do the housework before leaving for his job,...

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