In the novel The Moving Finger, Edith Barton was the late sister of Emily Barton. They were five sisters who lived under a tyrannical "Victorian" mother at Little Furze. They all outlived their mother although it would appear that they were about sixty by that time. According to Mr. Pye Edith died of influenza some time before the events in the novel. Going by Mr Pye's account, Edith would appear to be the first of the sisters to have died.