Set in an orphanage, Kesson undoubtedly draws on her own life experience, born as she was in a workhouse in Inverness and brought up in an orphanage herself. The small battles fought on a daily basis to safeguard small privileges and to survive the strict regime of the orphanage is the theme of the story.
I sourced the story from guess where …. yes, the Penguin Book of Modern Women’s Short Stories, edited by Susan Hill (1991), but it was originally part of collect entitled Where the Apple Ripens. Her best known novels are The White Bird Passes and Another Time, Another Place.