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Eva Smith's Diary

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15th September 1910. I have returned to working for long hours, in a dirty workplace and for hardly any money, and to be quite frank with you I am sick and tired with it. So me and everyone else have gone on strike. To be honest I really don't know how long we can last but it really has to be done. We need to have a fairer wage than have right now and if this is the only way we can do it then so be it. So when Mr Birling realises what we are doing and why we are doing it, then hopefully he will raise our wages 255 per week and seen as he is filthy rich, he cannot say that he can't afford our demands on a pay rise, we deserve every single penny of it. Men like him always crack under pressure. Men like him think that if they lose a little bit of pride then they lose everything. If I can prevent this then I have the power and nobody can stop me. Only I can stop myself if I want to stop that is. ...read more.


I really do not want to be Eva Smith anymore. I just want to be Daisy Renton. He was really nice and he got me some delicious food. 3rd January 1911. It has now been a couple of nights since me and Gerald first met up and we decided to meet up again. The worst thing was when he saw where I lived. He now new that I lived in a little backroom and also that I was penniless. But he didn't leave me. In fact he was very generous and he took me to some very nice and clean little sets of rooms. He gave me the key to one and asked me to keep an eye on them and he told me I could live in them and he gave me some money. He was like the most important person in my life. He was my knight in shining armour. 1st September 1911. It is now the first week of September and Gerald and me have been seeing a lot of each other over the past six or so months and it has been absolutely brilliant. ...read more.


I'm PREGNANT. It was when I met Eric at the Crystal Palace Bar. Well he had a few to many and I told him no but he said he would make a row so I gave in. I think it happened that second time that we met up. He arranged to meet me at the bar on the understanding that the was to be no more funny business and that I would cook him some food and then he would go home. I arranged to tell him at the crystal bar about a month after we last met up. I told him that I was pregnant and he looked really shocked. I didn't want him to marry me and I told him that and he asked me why and I told him it was because he didn't love me. He gave me some money. I think it was just to keep me going but then I stopped and thought about it. I refused to take his money. What am I going to do? 2nd February 1912. Today I went to an organisation for some help but they just turned me away. I have nobody to turn to anymore. I finished with Eric so he isn't around anymore. I just don't know what to do ?? ?? ?? ?? Eva Smith Diary by James Murphy ...read more.

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