|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
that he had been offered several months' work in London, which he had accepted. The truth was that Slyme had heard of Ruth's flight - nearly everyone
knew about it as a result of the inquiries that had been made for her - and, guessing the cause, he had prudently cleared out.
Easton made no attempt to see Ruth, but he went to Owen's and took Freddie away, saying he would pay Mrs Linden to look after the child whilst he was at work. His manner was that of a deeply injured man - the possibility that he was in any way to blame for what had happened did not seem to occur to his mind at all.
As for Ruth she made no resistance to his taking the child away from her, although she cried about it in secret. She got some work a few days afterwards - helping the servants at one of