Mrs. Clapham is a charwoman in an English village and she is about to give notice to her clients. She’s applied for an almshouse and is nearly sure to get it. This is her long-held dream. She feels joy in life as she visits her idyllic, potential new home – will Mrs Clapham get her well-earned retirement? This little story, written in 1921, is an examination of female relationships – gossip, ‘good’ women, ‘slatterns’, domesticity, the home as a temple and maternity in its many aspects. An almost exclusive and very individualised ‘cast’ of characters.