1、Mrs Noakes; Mrs Torpy; Nonnatus House; Freddie
You accomplished a very great deal yesterday, Mrs Noakes.
It certainly was a rather unusual afternoon.
It wasn't just the thrill of a royal visit. You coped with an extremely difficult delivery alone. You looked after Mrs Torpy wonderfully.
I'm so glad. Because I believe midwifery matters, and caring for women matters. It just so happens they're the only things I've ever been the smallest shred of use at.
You're also a good wife, and an excellent mother. Those are gifts, too.
And I'm grateful. I just worry that if Peter and the baby are the only things I have to love, I'll end up crushing them to death with the weight of my devotion. I put novelty vegetables in lunch boxes and sit up all night running up soft furnishings. I do too much, and it's, well, it's never enough.
Do you want to come back to Nonnatus House?
Oh, would you have me back, Sister?
We're always short-staffed. We're short of funds, too. I could find a position for you two days each week, if you could find suitable care for Freddie, and if your husband were agreeable.
Peter's always agreeable, he's not like other men. But I suppose I'm not like other women, really.
No, you're a nurse, and a midwife.