By slipping into various of the dwellings at night when all the occupants had returned home, Poppy slowly began to understand about this other football. The great glass panels on their walls showed moving stories, like in the travelling picture house, but with sounds accompanying the actions. On these screens, some of the families watched games of football, played by teams of men in matching uniforms, before vast crowds of onlookers. From the conversations in the households, and from the passages Poppy caught sight of in the newspapers delivered to the families, she learned that men who played this football were paid sums of money greater than she could imagine. In a year, they earned more than she thought a mill owner might have earned in ten.
No wonder the footballer could not only afford to keep both a wife and a mistress, but could provide such luxuries for his mistress as Poppy had seen on the topmost floor of the mill.
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