Part 5, Chapters 1-3 Summary
Iris continues her memoir, focusing on the first couple of years after her mother’s death. During this time, her connection with Laura became so strong that Reenie suggested that it was not good for either of them to spend so much time together. Laura slowed Iris’s maturity, Reenie said, and Iris’s influence made Laura grow up too fast. However, no one did anything to separate the two girls. They were not allowed to attend school because that was meant only for the workers’ children. They were above that, their father believed. Instead, private tutors educated them.
Also during this time, Iris’s father became involved with another woman. Mr. Chase was inspired to have a memorial built for the soldiers who had...
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