Arthur Morrison

That Brute Simmons

Arthur George Morrison (1 November 1863 4 December 1945) was an English writer and journalist known for his realistic novels and stories about working-class life in Londons East End, and for his detective stories, featuring the detective Martin Hewitt. This is one of those stories
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    mmons's infamous behaviour toward his wife is still matter for profound wonderment among the neighbours. The other women had all along regarded him as a model husband, and certainly Mrs. Simmons was a most conscientious wife. She toiled and slaved for that man, as any woman in the whole street would have maintained, far more than any husband had a right to expect. And now this was what she got for it. Perhaps he had suddenly gone mad.

    Before she married Simmons, Mrs. Simmons had been the widowed Mrs. Ford. Ford had got a berth as donkeyman on a tramp steamer, and that steamer had gone down with all hands off the Cape: a judgment, the widow woman feared, for long years of contumacy, which had culminated in the wickedness of tak
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