THIRD CLASS DISHESThings in a museum are more than artifacts. Behind each human relic is the ghost of a life.

Plain, solid, cafeteria china for passengers in THIRD CLASS, otherwise known as ‘TRAVELING STEERAGE – AS ABOVE; NOT SO BELOW



EXCERPT (five-year-old Finn Cleary) from ‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ –– a TITANIC-inspired novel by V. KNOX:

[ Our dining room bowls are made of china, finer than any I’ve seen, pure white with a White Star flag on the bottom and a red stripe running around the rim that reminds me of the gold line on the ship. I look for the eggs in cups but there’s only porridge filling the bowls with the red stripe, and mugs of sweetened tea. Mam takes her tea back to her bed and I sit eating my porridge with an ordinary spoon. The room seems foggy with light. It feels cozy. I’m safe here. The anger is over, but eggs are too good for the likes of a boy who wishes his brother harm.

I’m thinking how much porridge a dragon would eat when a beautiful princess sits down at the table and asks if I mind. “Is this seat taken?” she says and her smile lights up the room already filling with tobacco smoke.

I’m that gobsmacked I can only shake my head, no. “There might be eggs,” I say, to be helpful.

“Well, I like eggs,” she says, will I get you one?”

My eyes open, round as egg yolks. “In a cup?”

“I’ll see what I can do. My name’s Mamie, what’s yours?”

“Finn Cleary, missus.”

“Mamie Broughton-Smith.” She corrects herself and shakes my hand. “My friends call me Mamie,” she says. “We’re going to get on like a house on fire.” And she flashes me another princess of a smile, and when she gets up I see that she’s going to have a baby. ]




‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ by V. KNOX will be launched on April 15, 2016 –the 104th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic


literary fiction / magical realism / paranormal romance

About Veronica Knox

Veronica Knox has a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta, where she studied Art History, Classical Studies, and Painting. In her career as a graphic designer, illustrator, private art teacher, and ‘fine artist,’ she has also worked with the brain-injured and autistic, developing new theories of hand-to-eye-to-mind connection. Veronica lives on the west coast of Canada, supporting local animal rescue shelters, painting, writing, editing other author’s novels, and championing the conservation of tigers and elephants, and their habitats. Her artwork and visuals to support ‘Second Lisa’ may be viewed on her website - www.veronicaknox.com
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  2. lynraa says:

    Oh, I do like the cups and saucers. Would like to see more of the artifacts if you have any.

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