Pages 56-61 Summary

Aunt Fritzie invites Mary into her office one day. The cramped and busy space is Mary’s favorite place. She has already decided she wants to learn how to “keep books like Aunt Fritzie,” as she finds comfort in the warm room and the soothing sounds of the keys.

Aunt Fritzie hands Mary a postcard from Adelaide; she is living in Florida but thinks about her children every day. Mary knows her aunt is an ally, since Adelaide abandoned them both. Mary does not know what she will do, but Fritzie wants to horsewhip Adelaide. Mary is free to write to her mother, but Fritzie “washed her hands of Adelaide” when Mary walked into her house. All she asks is that Mary not return to her mother, and tacitly Mary knows that...

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