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How do minor characters like Loretta Bird and Mrs. Peebles help advance the plot, and what else do they add to "How I Met My Husband"?

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Mrs. Peebles and Loretta Bird advance the plot of the story because they provide an alternative narrative that makes Edie's innocence very clear. For example, when they question Edie about whether she was "intimate" with Chris Watters, Edie says yes, as she thinks that kissing someone is being intimate with that person. Loretta Bird curses Edie's ways, advancing the plot, which is the story of Edie's loss of innocence.

In addition, these female characters provide a contrast to Edie's essential purity and foreshadow the woman that she will eventually become. Edie is still young and knows little of the world, the way men act, or the reality behind people's facades. Over time, she will realize that Chris Watters, the dashing pilot, is not a man of his word, and she will become more like the other, more worldly, women in the story, such as Mrs. Peebles and Loretta Bird.

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