Part 1, February 18 Summary
Ashton sends a cryptic note, with love, to Susan Scott denying everything.
Maugery writes Ashton to thank her for taking her requests seriously. She suggested that any Society members who are interested should write directly to Ashton about what books they read and the joy they find in reading. The response was so overwhelmingly loud that Isola Prisby, the group’s Sergeant-at-Arms, had to bang her gavel to restore order. It is likely that Ashton will be receiving many letters very soon.
The Society was invented as a ruse by the quick-thinking Elizabeth McKenna to keep the Germans from arresting Maugery’s six dinner guests, though the hostess knew nothing about it at the time. Here is how it happened....
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