Linda Radleigh is an old friend and great supporter of Michael’s education methods. Linda brings the standards of her professional appearance to her work as an English teacher but there’s an exciting and fun core to her lessons. She can make learning a poem off by heart ‘a good laugh’ and she loves to banter with the children – as long as the boundaries are set by her and the kids know exactly what they are.
She handles discipline with a ‘more in sorrow than in anger’ approach. She’ll be ‘let down’ or ‘disappointed’ by a recalcitrant child’s behaviour, knowing she can almost always make them feel ashamed of themselves this way.
For all Linda’s easy manner and wide group of friends, there’s a bit of a (hidden) well of loneliness there. She lives alone in a basement flat and has a pet rabbit in her 8 by 8 garden. Linda was unlucky in love in her early twenties and hasn’t ever really got over it – that is, until Michael awakens a sleeping desire.