Chapters 17-18 Summary
The girl cannot remember how long they have been in this horrible place, but she does remember all that she has seen: suicide, fever, heart attacks, insanity, and death. All she can think about is her brother. One morning a voice over the loudspeaker announces they are to gather near the entrance. Everyone looks old and defeated, even the children. She hopes this means they will be going home and wants to ask, but the look on her father’s face tells her she will get none of her questions answered. As they walk down the street, strangers look down on them with uncompassionate faces, some even pointing and laughing at them.
One woman crosses the street and puts a piece of soft...
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