Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

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In Across Five Aprils, what does Ellen try to do without and why? What happens as a result of her decision?

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Chapter 5 opens,

Ellen lay in her bed, limp with the agony of a headache. It always happened when the supply of coffee ran out. 

When coffee prices soar to seventy cents a pound, with predictions that it will only go higher, "Ellen is appalled at the expense," and she has tried to do without it. But, she cannot stand the excruciating headaches that...

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