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Illingworth House: Chance Child - Part One: 70 - Hypocritical Letters

Rosemary Clemence now realises that John Illingworth, who has completed his training as a fighter pilot, is the only love of her life.

John Waddington-Feather continues his story which reolves around the troubled lives of a Yorkshie mill-owning family.

Rosemary Clemence wrote her cousin a long letter of condolence, saying how sorry she was about Helen and how much she regretted not helping her. She had had no idea that Helen was so ill until it was too late, she said, and went on at length in that vein. It was a letter laced with lies. John saw through them at once and burned it.

The rest of the family tried the same tactic, but the most hypocritical letter came from Grimstone, who offered his deepest sympathy. He recalled how upset John had been in Australia when Helen's mail had gone adrift, so he could well understand his feelings now. As with Rosemary's letter, John never replied, and Grimstone never wrote again.

But Rosemary wrote to him regularly saying how much she was missing him and confiding in him about her husband, telling him all about Harry's fancy woman in Blackpool. She was dearly looking forward to seeing John again when he came on leave, she said. But he didn't go home, nor did he see her or his father for another year, spending his leaves elsewhere.

He completed his fighter training in the new Hurricane fighters rolling off the production line. At long last, the government realised the threat they faced from Nazi Germany and began to build up the air-force with daring almost to the point of recklessness. John soon mastered the skills of combat flying and was posted to a fighter squadron.

He rarely wrote to Rosemary, though it became clear from her letters that her own life was falling apart. She turned more and more to Simon Grimstone, telling him everything: how her husband was treating her at home and about his continuing affair at Blackpool. It had become common knowledge in Keighworth and she felt humiliated. Yet somehow Abe Illingworth never heard about it and she didn't tell him, and Grimstone had to do a great deal of covering up for Harry Clemence there.

In time any meaningful relationship between Rosemary and Harry died, and they began leading separate lives. Divorce was out of the question, certainly for Harry, for his career would have dropped out of the sky overnight, and Rosemary had nothing to gain by it. John Illingworth was the only love in her life and she knew she could never marry him.

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