... reasons for knowing it."
"As I was saying," the lawyer went on, "you will probably make some mistakes. Now in some firms each mistake earns a black mark and a warning, until finally the person gets the sack. But my methods are different, I think it is unkind to sack a young girl who is, after all, doing her best. I find it more natural, to inflict a corrective punishment for each offense. Don't you agree with me?"
"Ye... yes sir," murmured Penny, who really didn't see what he was driving at.
"Secretaries are generally women. What, then, does a man do when he wants to punish a woman?"
"I don't know, sir."
"He smacks her bottom, as if she were a little girl. Isn't that right, Carola?"
"Oh yes," replied the young woman, laughing. "I've been through it often enough to appreciate your famous system."
"Well, young lady. Do you think you'd be able to stand your employer's hidings?"
"I... I... I don't know, sir," Penny stammered out. "I'll try," she said with a shy smile.
`I'll not turn down a good job for that,' she thought. She'd had enough when she was a kid, and it couldn't be too bad from a nice looking fellow like her new boss.
"I'm so pleased you've accepted," said Carola, putting her arm around the child's shoulder, and kissing her on the forehead. "Now you'll share the hidings that I had to take by myself before. You'll soon see, dear. We'll be real friends. I like you very much, you know. You're very...