Ellen does not think very highly of her aunt Nadine, who she sees as a pretentious, insincere phony. She thinks of Dora as a spoiled, over-indulged child. She also believes that Nadine and Dora do not really want her around. At Christmas, for instance, Dora gets many presents while Ellen only gets a pack of paper. Eventually, Ellen tells her aunt how she feels, and her aunt confirms her suspicions that they never really wanted Ellen around after her mother died. She leaves, and is, after one disappointment after another, finally taken in by a loving, caring foster family who wants to take care of her.