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Extracts from the diary of Eva Smith.

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Extracts from the diary of Eva Smith 5th September 1910 The holidays are drawing to a close. It's been one the best summer holidays ever! It was such a relief to be able to just do what I want to do rather than having to get up, almost in the middle of the night, just to go to work! I've been able to meet up with people from work which was good because at work we don't get to talk much; Mr. Birling being such a slave driver. When we met up, we decided that our pay is just not enough. We can barely survive on the few measly shillings we receive. So we decided to ask for a raise! Not a huge one just from twenty-two and six to twenty-five shillings! It's not much to ask but it would make a difference. We wouldn't have to continually worry about how we are going to pay for everything. It still wouldn't be quite enough to live in total security but life would certainly be easier. We have taken into consideration that the factory does need to make money, but we haven't asked for much and we will try to work as hard as possible; just to show Birling that we deserve the extra money. During our meeting over pay raises, we decided that there would need to be a few spokespersons. Some people who would go to Birling and ask for the raise. I was elected along with four others. I feel proud to be one of the people who others feel they can rely on to get us a raise. Although at the same time I feel worried and nervous. ...read more.

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Then the next thing I find out I've been sacked and it is obvious that the girl was the reason for it. She was an influential customer and using her position of power she managed to get me sacked. I don't even really know why, I don't know what made this girl so angry that she wanted to get me sacked. She was obviously just very bad tempered. Now that I have lost my job at Milwards the chance of me getting another is just so remote I won't even bother trying. Again a change of name will be required I don't want people to recognise me from Milwards. Otherwise, they might start asking questions and that is the last thing I need. 12th March I've met the man of my dreams, my knight in shinning amour! We met in the palace variety theatre; I'd gone there as a last resort. I hadn't really thought about what I was doing, it just seemed like the only option left. I was sitting in a corner. Old Meggarty had cornered me and this man, who later reveled himself to be Gerald, came over a rescued me. He was a wonderful gentleman, he was handsome and charming! He asked me if I wanted to leave that horrible place, the music hall. Of course I said yes straight away and he took me along to County Hotel. He asked me my name and at first I nearly said I was called Eva Smith, because he was one of those kind of men that you are so in awe of you forget everything else. However, at the last minuet I remembered my new identity and told him I was Daisy Renton. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another reason I don't want to take any more money is because I don't wan to be used. Eric is just like Gerald. They both want to pay me off. I won't accept it though. They can't just pay me and their consciences off. That just isn't an option. I'll have nothing more to do with Eric. 20th March I had to go to the Brumley Women's Charity Organization, though I don't know why I bothered really. I said that my name was Mrs. Birling and that my husband had deserted me and left me with a child and no money. It wasn't exactly a lie. I do have a child and I don't have any money. When I said my name was Birling it was because I was pretending that I was Eric's wife. I thought they might be more likely to accept my case if they thought my husband had left me. For some reason though one of the women on the committee was very shocked when I said I was called Mrs. Birling. She questioned me about the name and I admitted that it wasn't really my name and I hadn't really been left by my husband. Obviously, lying totally put them off my case and I was refused help. This is really the last straw. What more can I do? I have no money, no job and a baby on the way. The little help I could have received was refused. There is really much left in life. That's why I have decided to end life. I'm not going to be used, abused, let down and I'm definitely not letting a child into this world. What hope would there be for it? This will be my last entry into this diary as these are the last moments of my life. ...read more.

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