The author inserts this information during the scene at Miss Strangeworth's home when she is writing three of her anonymous letters. This is to inform the reader that these and similar letters have no basis in fact and to illustrate that this old lady is only imagining "the possibility of evil."
Miss Strangeworth never concerned herself with facts; her letters all dealt with the more negotiable stuff of suspicion.
She writes one letter to Don Crane suggesting that his six-month-old baby girl might be retarded. She writes another to Mrs. Harper suggesting that everybody in town knows her husband is having an affair with a woman she does not identify by name. And she writes a third to an "old Mrs. Foster" suggesting that her nephew might be planning to have her own doctor kill her on the operating table. Therefore the reader knows that all Miss Strangeworth's letters are baseless. They are not deliberately false. Miss Strangeworth imagines the possibilities she suggests in her letters. She...
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