Becoming Mrs Hudson
The Mrs Hudson we know and love, first in Conan Doyle’s Baker Street and later in Russell’s life, may not be quite the same young woman we meet in The Murder of Mary Russell. (One week from today!) Don’t worry, I don’t intend to say anything about the process of transformation, because that would be […spoiler…], but we know how it turned out: a grey-haired lady bringing trays of tea and scones.
Lots of us grey-haired ladies start off as other than we are, and meet some interesting people along the way.
But in case you’re worried that a nice young lady like Miss Hudson isn’t exactly qualified to be a housekeeper, you have to remember that this is an age of self-help,
that kitchens are filled with labor-saving devices
and Mrs Beeton has books to consult for those puzzled about those large machines in the kitchen.
So if you’re worried about Mrs Hudson, don’t be. I’m sure she’ll have a lot of help from her two tenants. I know I did.
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