Chapters 4-5 Summary

Giddy with the thought that Anton Reiker might indeed be her friend, Patty becomes desperate to talk to someone about him. She approaches Sister Parker, who works over in the notions department of the store, and nonchalantly brings up the subject of the German prisoners in general. After engaging in some small talk, Patty boldly mentions Anton, telling Sister Parker that one of the POWs spoke perfect English, and was exceptionally polite. Suddenly interested, Sister Parker says that she saw Patty smiling and laughing with Anton, and insinuatingly asks if she liked him. Realizing her mistake, Patty prevaricates, telling the older woman that she can spread any kind of gossip that she wants, but that the truth is that Anton had told...

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