Thank you. What I was trying to do was show how her initial reaction to Anthony (who later becomes an important character in the book) is very much the result of her country upbringing at a time (she was born in 1961) when there were no black people in the UK countryside. And that there are indeed people who think 'scared'.
But what I don't want people to do is think that I am condoning racism. I rather wanted to make it a possible discussion in the book. I realise this is a very sensitive subject but I wanted my book to show all the people who populate the country and not just make it look as though the country is unicolour.
Do you think it shows that, or just comes across as a bit of loose racist prose?