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Another look at the first chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

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thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750“Ach, I couldn’t be accepting yer charity,” she protested.

“It’s not charity. I’m alone and in want of a dining companion.”

She shook her head again.

“I don’t want to leave you here alone, and I am very hungry,” he insisted.

Her mouth tilted up into a weak smile. “I suppose I could use a bite.” She reached out and enfolded her hand in his.
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The doctor led Keara into the dining car. Small tables with bench seats were set in rows by the windows with an aisle between. He seated her on one side of a table and took the bench opposite.

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Another look at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750“Of course, Doctor.”

He handed the bag to Elliot, who held it out to his charge.

She grasped it and cradled it against her chest. Her eyelids fluttered as she glanced out the window. When she turned back, Elliot noted her clear hazel eyes. A tinge of color had returned to her face, but he suspected she needed food before the train arrived at York.

“I’m a bit hungry myself,” he said. “Why don’t we go to the dining car for a snack?”

“The dining car?” She shook her head. “Oh, no sir, I could never afford…” She broke off.

“I’ll take care of it.” He held out his hand.

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Here’s another look at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750She bit her full lip. “I’ve relatives there. Someone will come for me.”

“I see.”

As new passengers stepped down the aisle, the young woman half rose. “I should be getting back to me seat.”

“You’ll do nothing of the kind, Miss.” He held her arm pressing her back down. “I’ll see to your care until we arrive at York. Then your relatives can take you home.”

“But I need me bag.” Her gaze drifted toward the seat she’d vacated.

Elliot signaled the conductor. “Could you bring me the young lady’s bag, sir?”

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After a two week break here’s another peek at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

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thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750A loud growl rose from her gut. Her lips quivered into the semblance of a smile. “Just a wee bit hungry, ’tis all. I’ll be fine.”

Elliot frowned. “Tell me, when did you last eat?”

“I—ah, I can’t be sure.”

Hoping he didn’t appear forward, Elliot stroked her hand. “You’re so cold, Miss. Are you sure you’re not ill?”

She shook her head. “No, sir. ’Tis fine I’ll be once I get to York.”

“You live in York? Is someone meeting you at the station?”

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Next peek at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

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thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750The conductor nodded, then strode ahead to assist new passengers to board.

“You’ll be fine, Miss. I’m a physician. It seems you fainted in the aisle.”

“Fainted?” she sputtered.

“Yes.” He glanced at the station. “Did you wish to disembark here?”

“’Tis to York I be needing to go.” She leaned forward clutching her stomach.

Elliot studied her. “Are you ill?”

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Another peek at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

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thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750Elliot and the conductor lifted her into the window seat. The physician turned and faced the remaining passengers. “Is anyone traveling with this woman?”

Five men and two women shook their heads.

“I think she boarded alone,” the conductor offered.

“Fine then.” Elliot turned toward the woman, where she lay against the back of the seat, before he dug in his bag. Pulling out smelling salts, he lifted one of the vials under her nose and held the back of her head.

She coughed. Her eyes flew open, then widened. “What…where am I?”

Elliot nodded at the conductor who hovered over the seat. “I’m sure she’ll be fine. I’ll take care of her for now.”

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19thcenturytrainIf you wanted to get somewhere fast in 1870, rail travel was the way to go. As new tracks were laid and accommodations grew more comfortable, long distance travel by rail grew popular. Trains contained sleeping cars, dining cars, even parlor and smoking cars.

In my American Victorian romance novella, The Physician’s Irish Lady, set in 1870, the heroine is on the run from a man pursuing her from New York City. She flees to Philadelphia, then hops a train headed to York, Pennsylvania. She doesn’t have much money, but cringes at the sight of the men seated in the open aired third-class car. She buys a second-class seat to avoid being seated among them.

The third-class car on a train was also known as an immigrant car, since most immigrants would only be able to afford this lower fare.

When the heroine faints from lack of nourishment, the hero, a physician traveling home after a conference in Philadelphia, takes her under his care and offers to buy her a meal in the dining car.

main-dining-sandwichAccording to “The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s”, the dining car was first introduced in the year 1863 on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore lines. The car was a restaurant with an eating bar and simple steambox to keep precooked foods warm. But by 1868, the lavish Pullman Dining Car employed cooks, busboys and even waiters to serve food to passengers seated at tables. These cars only accommodated wealthier passengers, as no third-class and very few second-class passengers could afford the cost of a meal.

Food options for the lower classes included butcher boys who sold sandwiches and other snacks or bringing your own food with you. Most third-class passengers brought picnic baskets to eat on the ride and stoves were provided for those who wished to cook their meals.

For more information: The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s

Also visit these sites:
http://www.ushistory.org/us/25b.asp
http://www.american-rails.com/railroad-history.html

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