Joseph returns home. Mama, whose eyes are nearly swollen shut from crying, responds with a combination of relief and fury. When the policeman tells her that her son walked all the way to Coney Island, she is overcome with a sense of amazement and disbelief and sends him to his room. Exhausted, Joseph just wants to sleep, but Emily comes in, wanting to talk. She tells him that she missed him and that Mama and Papa had thought they would never see him again. Emily had overheard their parents in their grief repeat cryptically, over and over, that Joseph's...
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