A hundred years ago, most people living quiet lives in the countryside never left the small towns they worked in. They worked on their land, made enough money to eat and expected to die in their own beds, near to the people they had known all their lives. The old widow in this story wanted the same, but had to leave her farm and start life anew. Her story starts with her first train journey (2,300 words).
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