The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp

by Richard Peck
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What exactly did Blossom due to deflate Letty Shambaugh's ego in The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp?

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In Richard Peck's The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp, Letty Shambaugh is a first-rate snob. She has a huge ego because she is the most popular girl in school, the leader of her group, and even the president of the freshman class, and she is always looking down her nose at Blossom and taunting her.

During the freshman class haunted house project on Halloween, however, Blossom does a good job of deflating Letty's massive ego. Blossom has, by this time, traveled seventy years into the future and even met Letty's granddaughter (who behaves just like Letty!). But when Blossom tells Letty's future, she allows Letty to believe that she is going to die young and unmarried.

First, Blossom fixes the deck of cards so that Letty draws the ace of spades, the death card, twice. Blossom makes a big show of gasping and giving Letty her nickel back. Letty insists that Blossom tell her what the cards mean. Blossom offers to double check in her crystal ball, and she tells a story about “a young girl cut off in her prime or possibly sooner.” She speaks of an open grave.

Letty tries to convince herself that Blossom is a liar, but Blossom has already given Letty's friend Maisie a satisfying, “right on the button” fortune. Letty runs downstairs terrified, her ego taken down a few notches, at least for a while.

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