"I'm glad you didn't do it," said Joan: "that you put up a fight for all women."
The girl gave a short laugh. "Afraid I wasn't thinking much about that," she said.
"No," said Joan. "But perhaps that's the way the best fights are fought--without thinking."
Mary peeped round the door. She had been lucky enough to find the doctor in. She disappeared again, and they talked about themselves. The girl was a Miss Ensor. She lived by herself in a room in Lawrence Street.
"I'm not good at getting on with people," she explained.
Mary joined them, and went straight to Miss Ensor's bag and opened it. She shook her head at the contents, which consisted of a small, flabby-looking meat pie in a tin dish, and two pale, flat mince tarts.
"It doesn't nourish you, dearie," complained Mary. "You could have bought yourself a nice bit of meat with the same money."
"And you would have had all the trouble of cooking it," answered the girl. "That only wants warming up."