Pages 213-229 Summary

The butcher shop, which has not been as profitable since the “boom with the sugar beet began,” is damaged in a fire and Mary lives with Celestine until her home (connected to the shop) is repaired. After three days, Celestine is edgy. Mary disrupts the routine she and Dot have established and is constantly doing some psychic study. Mary always wears a turban over her hair now, and she looks like some kind of psychic as she tries to read the lines in Celestine’s and Dot’s hands.

Mary and Dot have a common bond: neither of them wants to obey Celestine and they laugh at her conspiratorially behind her back. Celestine feels as if she is living with two unruly daughters.

Dot will play Joseph in her...

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