Chapter 11 Summary

Gram tells the doctor and Preston that she and Dicey would like to take Momma back to Maryland. The doctor is skeptical; "charity cases" like Momma are ordinarily "given over to medical research," and, under the circumstances, he expresses doubt that the Tillermans will be able to cover the expense of an undertaker, coffin, and transportation. Tactfully, Preston suggests that they might want to have Momma cremated, and carry the ashes home with them. She recommends an undertaker, and arranges for him to come pick up Momma's body.

The undertaker informs Gram that the minimum charge for his services is three hundred and fifty dollars, plus the price of an urn. He has a good selection of these at his establishment, but...

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