Chapters 31-32 Summary
The girl practically attacks the delicious food in front of her. Rachel eats more slowly and does not look well. She is pale and trembling. The old couple asks quiet questions as they serve the girls, but only when they are upstairs preparing to bathe does the girl begin to tell Genevieve everything. As the girl talks, Geneviève gently undresses Rachel and is appalled at her boniness and the angry red blisters all over her body. She bathes Rachel as if she were an infant and then caries her to a bed.
It is now the girl’s turn, and the woman asks her name. Sirka, she says, and Geneviève says it is a pretty name. The girl bathes herself while the old woman tries to scrub her...
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