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'I thought it was the end.' I watched my own son slowly; painfully pass away for a crime he didn't commit. I couldn't believe that it was happening. Why? I kept asking myself and I just couldn't find an answer.

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Rhoda's Story 'I thought it was the end.' I watched my own son slowly; painfully pass away for a crime he didn't commit. I couldn't believe that it was happening. Why? I kept asking myself and I just couldn't find an answer. My head was spinning and I didn't know or for that matter care where I was. All I knew was that I just didn't want to be there. Ever since the death of my son I have been growing old quickly and without pause. It's like the death of my son has made me age so quickly. Due to this I have realised that I am coming to the end of my life and that is why I am writing this. It all started the day I joined the farm........................... I was there working away milking a cow when from above I could sense this presence, it was like a sixth sense. I looked up to see that it was Farmer Lodge (my employer). He seemed as if he needed something, like he wanted me to give it to him. ...read more.

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I realised Gertrude must have been there but I still persisted on my quest for freedom from this man and for also the help I deserved. As I put my hand against the door it was warm but at the same time damp due to the years of rain pounding down upon it. It was a vast oak door of which I couldn't push open on my own so I found the knocker on the door and banged it. The sound rumbled long and low until I had heard some movement and the door was swung open as if to say in a mild dismay, WHAT? I was to say the least surprised at the reaction Farmer Lodge had to me when he opened the door. His mouth half open as if he wanted to speak but some invisible force was preventing it. 'He...He...Hello,' he said as if scared of me. 'Why hello,' I replied in a sort of comforting voice. He appeared worried about something although I wasn't sure what and from the look of him it seemed he didn't know either. He invited me in after having stood around on the doorstep just staring at me as if in disbelief. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was out with friends one night when after indulging in a few pints from the local tavern he and others wondered back home. Making enough noise to wake the dead they did something, which was to change not all but only my sons life. The group of friends accidentally set a hey rick on fire. They all scattered but my son (to drunk to walk) couldn't so when the authorities arrived they found him next to it. He was sentenced to death by hanging. This wouldn't normally have happened but at that point there was a lot of destruction to land and property around that area so there was a inevitably a person now to make an example of. After the death the farmers wife Gertrude died due to stress and the withered arm. I decided to go and live somewhere away from the village but later returned to my dead end job as a milkmaid. There was however a small annuity left to me (from Farmer Lodge who funnily enough wasn't seen in the village again presumed dead) but I declined as I only had myself to live for and nothing to motivate me. This is how I have spent the rest of my life doing what I'm best at - milking cows. ...read more.

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