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    Velvet – Mary Hooper

    “Velvet had fainted too many times, according to Mrs Sloane, and was liable to be dismissed from Ruffolds Steam Laundry. ‘It’s the rules,’ Said Mrs Sloane, the laundry supervisor, following Velvet out to the yeard and waving a bottle of smelling salts under her nose. ‘Anyone who can’t discipline themselves not to swoon has no place here. You’ve already gone down twice today.’” Following her father’s death Velvet managed to find herself a job at Ruffold’s Steam Laundry. However working next to the huge boilers for twelve hours a day made for a hard days labour and Velvet found herself almost at a loss. Persuading the Mistress of the Laundry…