Pages 27-34 Summary

Sita remembers her cousin Mary arriving with nothing but a box of worthless keepsakes. Sita’s father picks the girl up and carries her. Sita is too old to be carried any more. While Mary tells Sita’s parents how she came to be here, Sita is sent to clean the counters in the butcher shop, so she never knows what lies her cousin tells them.

When Mary is given Sita’s bed, she objects and says Mary can sleep on the trundle. Her mother unsympathetically says Sita can just as easily sleep there. Sita feels “crammed in the trundle,” which is too short for her; it is not surprising that Sita does not feel particularly welcoming to Mary in the morning.

This morning, Mary discovers her blue velvet box is...

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