I finally decided to tell my son Randolph that I wanted to get married to Sam but I was very worried about the reaction and the answer Randolph would give, so I wanted to wait for the right time to ask. I planned on telling him about the possible second marriage on the day of the cricket match but by assuring him it would be in the far future, I was waiting to see him in a good mood so I could tell him but at the cricket match he didn’t seem to be in a very good mood so I didn’t want to tell him then. It was an evening when they were alone in the house together, and Sophie finally had to tell him that she was thinking about a second marriage. Randolph thought the idea was pretty ok and he asked her if she had found anybody. Sophie hesitated at first to tell him it was Sam because she knew that Randolph wouldn’t want his stepfather to anything less than a gentleman. When Sophie told Randolph he was repulsed of the idea of his mother marrying a lower class man, “I am ashamed of you! It will ruin me! It will degrade me in the eyes of all the gentlemen in England said Randolph. Sophie replied by saying “ say no more, perhaps I was wrong. Sophie received a letter from Sam to inform her that he had got the shop and that it was the largest in the town. She met Sam secretly and told him that he would have to wait for her final answer.
Randolph had come home for Christmas and she had brought up the matter again but Randolph’s answer was the same and she would attempt it again and Randolph would still stand by what he said. Randolph was an undergraduate, was down from oxford one Easter, when she opened the topic again but this time she argued saying he would have a home of his own, and he bad grammar and ignorance would be an encumbrance to him. Randolph showed a more manly anger now and did not agree. He went to his and brought his cross back, he made Sophie go down on her knees and swear she would not marry Sam. ‘I owe this to my father’ he said. She swore thinking it would soften him up, but it didn’t. Sophie’s lameness became more confirmed as time went. She would murmur ‘why mayn’t I say to Sam that I’ll marry him? Why mayn’t I?’ as the years went by the more depressed she got and she used to think about the life she could have had if she chose Sam in the beginning. Even though she loved her son she knew that he was embarrassed of her.
The depression got worse and worse. Then finally one day Sam came to see Sophie, when she saw same all those years that she spent depressed all went away. ‘Sam what you doing here’ asked Sophie, I never got your answer so I am not going to let you waste anymore of your time here in this house all alone’ he replied.’ Let’s elope and now I have my own business, no one has to know’.’ But I can’t replied Sophie’ replied Sophie. ‘I swore saying that I wouldn’t marry you till I get the permission of my son’.’ I don’t care Sophie, you have lived your entire life like this and I won’t let you waste any more of it. Okay then let me go get some of my things and we’ll go she replied with great happiness and joy. Sophie and Sam went to Gaymead where Sam’s shop was, they got married in that village, and Sam built a beautiful house with a white picket fence and they grew old over there and were very happy. Then one Randolph rang the doorbell and when Sam answer he was in shock to see Randolph, Randolph asked to speak to his mother and when he saw his mother he was in tears but not tears of sorrow but tears of joy, one to see his mother and two to see her old and happy. He apologized to his mother and said I was wrong to stop from marrying this man. From that day onwards Randolph spent all the holidays with Sam and Sophie.