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According to Prudence Pebblebottom, there was no such thing as agoraphobia. How anybody could not force themselves over the threshold of their home to go on a date or to go shopping, she had no idea. Why the word ‘agoraphobia’ was in the Oxford English Dictionary, was beyond belief.

On a home visit when Prudence’s mother, Beryl, was told by the doctor she was suffering from agoraphobia, Prudence was having none of it. The constant trying to force Beryl to go outside while pushing her into the garden was the cause of the heart attack that finally killed off Beryl. Of course, nobody knew what Prudence had done, but Prudence didn’t care about that because she now owned the house as well as the sixteen thousand, two hundred and sixty-two pounds, and eighty-two pence in her Mother’s bank account.

The house was old, and it was the constant dripping sound and leak…

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