What story did Jerry make up about his mother, and why did he do so in "A Mother in Manville," by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings?

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Jerry is the young boy from the local orphanage who chops wood and helps the narrator (presumably author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings) with chores in the short story, "A Mother in Manville." Jerry tells the narrator that his mother had sent him a pair of skates; the narrator is surprised to learn that Jerry's mother is still alive and wonders why he is not living with her. At the end of the story, the narrator gives an employee of the orphanage a gift for Jerry and mentions his mother. She is then informed that Jerry is an orphan and that he has no mother.

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