Nora’s Dilemma

I left my story of Nora with her transfer to Auckland. She describes the drastic changes in her life. Auckland was such a large bustling city after sleepy lttle Mohaka and she now had staff to supervise. The diary entries mention her problems with the different money system.  She met up with Uncle Robert and with other people from her past, including George K. He and Nora went for walks together and she was obviously attracted to him; she says he has a bit of the ‘animal’ in him. I translate that to mean he was quite a stud. They grew more friendly and when George proposed, she said yes.

Nora knew it was ‘wicked’  to be engaged to two men at the same time and she wrote long anguished passages in her diary. She also admitted she didn’t really want to be married to anybody. Then Mary arrived to insist that she should marry Vic at once to quell Wairoa rumours about changing her mind. Nora was furious; in a letter to her mother, she said, ‘Mary was simply ridiculous the way she went on…I haven’t wanted to break off our engagement. But I have written to him and told him just that…She added this comment. ‘I can get on without Vic or any other man for that matter but I must admit they are very handy, especially in town when you want an escort and someone to pay a tram fare and get tickets.’

Nora might have been a single career woman in another age but then, she was under enormous family and society pressure to be wed.  While she was wrestling with her personal problems, she was having work problems. Someone was stealing cash and she could only balance the books by adding her own money.

Then she heard that George already had a girlfriend and a baby! This knowledge shocked her but she was disappointed rather than brokenhearted. ‘I didn’t think he would do this…Oh George, why were you such a pig?’ She must have written to Vic explaining the work situation because he came to the rescue, sorted things out and Nora resigned from the Post Office.  She returned to Wairoa and to Vic with his ‘horsehair suite and pots and pans.’

The last dairy is dated 1904 and it contains one entry. On July 20, Nora wrote these words. ‘Married today.’