Chapter 18 Summary
When Opal arrives at Gloria’s house, she tells Gloria that she has two surprises for her: a big surprise and a small one. Gloria says she wants the small surprise first, so Opal gives her a Littmus Lozenge. Gloria remembers the candies—her father used to eat them. When Gloria eats the candy, she says that it tastes sweet but it also tastes “like people leaving.” Gloria then asks for the big surprise, and Opal reveals that she is going to read Gone with the Wind for Gloria. Opal tells Gloria that the book is quite long, so Gloria gets settled in her chair and says they had better start reading. Opal reads the first chapter of the novel loud enough to keep Gloria’s ghosts away. Afterward, Gloria says that the reading is the best surprise she has ever had and that she cannot wait for the second chapter.
Later that night when the preacher tucks Opal into bed, she gives him a Littmus Lozenge and tells him about Miss Franny’s great-grandfather. The preacher says he can also taste the root beer and strawberry, and he thinks about the other taste he senses. After a while, the preacher says that the candy tastes...
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