Pages 5-21 Summary

Mary Adare hears the train whistle and realizes Karl must have run back to the boxcar in which they arrived and is now riding away. If her father had not died in 1929, the Adares would probably still be living comfortably in an isolated house on the edge of Prairie Lake.

Karl, Mary, and their mother, Adelaide, live a solitary life; their only visitor is Mr. Ober, Adelaide’s lover, who comes to stay with her several nights a week. Although Karl hates Ober’s visits, Adelaide is thrilled when he comes. One day Karl reads in the newspaper that Ober has died in a grain-loading accident (the article includes a picture of Ober and his wife). Karl is glad, but Adelaide blurts that Ober was his father.


(The entire section is 504 words.)