Smith was born 1
that time many people 4
lived and worked 5
Malaya. Some British worked 6
schools and hospitals.
Their servant were Malay and spoke 7
Malay, so she learned
to speak Malay.
Jean was thirteen, her father had gone 9
Kuala Lumpur and it was late 10
night when he drove back 11
home. He was tired and fell asleep 12
The car left the road and hit a tree. Mr. Smith was killed. It was already
dawn when the police phoned 14
his wife to tell her the bad news.
Smith and her daughter went back 15
England in the Summer 1965. Jean studied
Reading. Jean wanted to go back 18
left school 19
sixteen and worked as a typist 20
an office. Mrs Smith
the manager of a rubber company 22
Kuala Lumpur. The company
wrote back 23
Mrs Smith and offered Jean a job. This was 24
was already 25
her late teens.
24 December 1969. She lived in Kuala Lumpur. Her
house, a semidetached one, was 28
number 36, 29
the end of a colourful
street. It took her five minutes walking to get 30
the city centre. She
worked hard 31
the mornings. 32
the afternoons, she played tennis and 33
the evenings, she usually stayed 34
home watching 35
TV or listening 36
the radio. She went 37
parties and dances 38
Friday and Saturday evenings. There was always something enjoyable to do.
was a lucky girl and her future looked certain. She got married 39
twenties, and nowadays she lives in great happiness with her husband
and her two children 40 this far country.