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740 Posts
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Age: 31 (5 October 1863)
Occupation: Farmer
Registered: Feb 2020

#11
Tobias stared out across the moors while he listened to his sister. Again, she mentioned the jeweler. It seemed odd to him, a young woman like her discussing her designs and doing business with him like a man. He was quite certain father wouldn't like it either.

He had known that she liked to draw, but he hadn't known that she had been or was so serious about it. He was glad to hear she was more sensible now. Drawing was all well and nice, and if she could earn a little extra with it, good. But it wasn't a stable profession. Teaching was.

He forced a smile in her direction when she continued on her offer. They didn't need a design or something unique. A simple smooth ring would do. But perhaps if he didn't say anything, she'd forget about it.

"We can't always have the life we dream up. Teaching is a perfectly respectable job, I don't see why you should want to quit it, unless to get married," he redirected the conversation instead. "And it's doin' a lot of good."
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Pronouns: she/her
Age: 35
Occupation: jewelry designer and mother
Height: 5'6"
Alias: Selene
Registered: May 2022

#12
Her brother said nothing more about the ring, so Bess decided to let the subject go. In truth, she couldn’t really see a farmer’s wife wearing a fancy piece of jewelry. City life is changing me, she thought. Her standards had become higher since moving to Whitby. Whether that was good or bad remained to be seen. Tobias seemed quite content with his simple life. Hopefully, Sally would be too. Bess herself couldn’t imagine living on the farm again. As a child, she had known nothing else, but now she had been accustomed to another way of life.

“I have no intention of quitting my job. I enjoy teaching. It’s very rewarding and the children are quite fond of me. If I get married, I’ll probably have to, but …” She grinned at her brother. “Unlike you, I have not yet found the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.” Actually, she had, but he wasn’t free to wed her.

“So when is the wedding going to take place? I hope you will wait for Nate to come home first.” Her smile faded, thinking of their father’s illness. “Unless there’s not that much time.”
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740 Posts
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Age: 31 (5 October 1863)
Occupation: Farmer
Registered: Feb 2020

#13
They passed a hill and the farm came into view: Dry stone walls demarcating their land. A gate and a sandy path leading up to an old sandstone house with a red tiled roof and an adjoining barn. Around a little yard in front, some sheds, coops and the stables. Behind the house, more buildings, behind them the fields, and behind those, the still purple moors. To Tobias it had always been a delightful sight when he came home on holiday from school, and he had always felt his heart ache whenever he had been forced to leave it again. The moors even more than the home perhaps, but all of it was more home than school or the city had or could ever be to him.

His sister was of an age where many women got married. But she had some time. She seemed to enjoy her life as a teacher, and from what he had understood when he was in Whitby, they appreciated her at the school, so it seemed a good arrangement for all. Bess was a pretty girl, and smart, and hardworking. He was certain there were men who had tried to court her in Castleton as well as Whitby. But she was right to hold out for the right person.

Some part of him wished...

No, there was no point in waiting. Things would only get messier. He didn't wish that.

"We're not sure how much time he has... The doctor said much will depend on the weather the coming months and to what extent he's able to take rest - you know what he's like. I've told him I can handle the farm. And I've taken on two of the Cook boys outside of school hours. They've been great. But he still wants to do everything... Anyway, sorry. We'll get married in five weeks time. Saturday __ of October. We'll have the banns read this Sunday." As for his brother, he purposely forgot to answer that. If he had time to show up for it, good. If not, also fine. Nate was living his own life. Why trouble him? "We want to keep it modest, you know... given the circumstances."
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