...d up the stairs, the child began to pray that this time she would find a job. Her efforts so far had been a resounding failure because of her youth and lack of training, and the little store of money was dwindling. Trembling, she rang the bell. The door opened to reveal a young woman, elegantly dressed, who smiled curiously at Penny. Penny explained that she had come to apply for the post of secretary, that is, if it were still vacant.
The woman, who appeared to be about thirty years of age, looked at Penny with undisguised interest, and invited her into the lounge.
"Do sit down, Miss Harvey. I'm Mrs. Jennings. I expect my husband at any moment. But, if you don't mind, I'll ask you some questions first? That may save us some time. How old did you say you were?"
"Oh! how young you are. But anyone can see that by your baby face."
"Am I too young?" asked Penny, almost in tears.
"Not at all, not at all. On the contrary. Victor is looking for a young secretary. What training have you had?"
"Well, that doesn't really matter. We can soon teach you, unless you're stupid, and you don't look it."
"You think I'll suit, ma'am?" asked Penny timidly.
"I'm sure of it," laughed the young woman. "But it's my husband who has to decide."
"Perhaps he'll think me too childish," sighed Penny.