How did the Johnsons feel when they heard the story?
At the end of Chapter 16, Reeve insists that Janie tell her parents about her kidnapping. If she doesn't, he tells her, he won't see her again.
It is Reeve's sister Lizzie who finally explains the situation to the Johnsons. They react, as one might expect, with a mixture of emotions. They feel empathy for the Spring family but are fearful that they will lose Janie. They also want to protect Hannah from prosecution. Mr. Johnson even suggest taking no action in hopes that Janie's letter never got mailed, but his wife quickly protests.
"If we don't take any action, then we have kidnapped her. We have stolen her."
It is Mrs. Johnson who dials Janie's biological family and hands Janie the phone.
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