Just as they are adjusting to Ellie’s unexplained extended absence, Susy and Nick receive a telegram from Ellie; she is due to come home the next day. Ellie arrives in such a good mood that Susy is more willing than she had anticipated to forgive the woman for having left her child at home, expecting Susy to take care of her. The allusion to the letters that Ellie asked Susy to mail, however, is another matter. Susy cannot get over the distasteful feelings of being dragged into the deceitful arrangement. Susy’s concerns go beyond her involvement; she is also frightened of how Nick...
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