Sorcha drew her shawl close and followed behind him. She felt tired and was looking forward to getting some rest.
“George unlocked a door and showed Sorcha into the room. He lit an oil lamp on the dresser, put the bag by her and checked there was a small fire in the hearth. “You should be warm enough now,” he told her. Passing Sorcha the key, he said, “Bathroom's along the corridor. Have a good night.” Then he turned, and shutting the heavy door behind him, left her alone.
After he had gone, Sorcha looked around her. The room was quite small with panelled walls. It felt strange to Sorcha who had always had always been used to plain stone or whitewashed walls. There was a brass bed with a white linen sheet that covered a thin mattress. The pillow was serviceable, but did not have much stuffing, and there was a patchwork counterpane.
On a dresser there stood a washbasin and stand, and a bevel edged mirror hung from the wall. Sorcha shivered. She stood nearer the fire in order to feel it's warmth. Yawning, she decided to ready herself for bed.
As she changed into the long flannel nightdress her mother had made, Sorcha's thoughts turned once more to home. She started singing the words of 'She Moved through the Fair', which brought a strange comfort to her. Sorcha's silvery soft, Irish soprano voice rang clear.People had fallen in love with it, and enjoyed hearing her sing in the church choir.
Her song was interrupted, however, upon hearing a heavy footed scuffling that came from just outside her door. Sorcha opened it and looked either side, only to see George Eddowes shuffling away.
“George Eddowes! Where are you?” the sharp tongue of his wife sounded up the staircase. “I hope you're not bothering our guest. I know you.” The knowing voice seemed to be warning him about something.
“Coming, Marion,” he snarled, descending the stairs.
After making sure he had gone, Sorcha finished readying herself for night time, remembering to turn the lamp off, after closed the door, then got into bed. She said her prayers, offering special ones up for her family, then lay down tried her best in getting to sleep. She was so tired from traveling that this did not take long albeit a disturbed sleep due to various noises downstairs.