Chapter 46 Summary

Thomas Stone has stopped talking, and Marion thinks he is debating what to tell him next. He thinks perhaps his father will skip his years at Missing and is about to interrupt the silence with a rude comment, but he is glad he did not do so because now he will hear about his mother.

Thomas continues talking. Outside the windows of his room, Thomas sees the glorious colors of fall; in him, there is an awful sickness. His nerves are oversensitive and he has vomited until there is nothing left in his stomach, but the impulse to run is no longer present. Several oceans now divide him and the place from which he fled. Eli Harris and another man, maybe a doctor, leave him a “tincture of paregoric” in a small bottle by his...

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