Part 2, Chapter 2 Summary

Five days later, Irene has still not answered Clare’s letter. She determines that she will never do so. Silence, she decides, is the best way to deal with Clare. If Irene were to write back even to tell Clare she does not wish to meet with her, that would only encourage Clare to send another letter. The more Irene thinks about what Clare says in her note, the less she wants to become involved in Clare’s life. On top of this, Clare has provided no return address except a post office box number. Irene finds this to be rude, as if Clare worries that Irene will give her away by saying something in her letter about Clare’s being black. If Irene’s response were delivered to her home, Clare’s husband might read it. All of...

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