Part 1, February 20-26 Summary
Ashton writes Adams to thank him for sending her white lilacs, her favorite flower. She wonders how he managed to find them in winter but then remembers that the Channel Islands are blessed with the warm Gulf Stream weather. The flowers were delivered by a Mr. Dilwyn who was in London on business for his bank. He expressed his cheerful willingness to perform this task (or any other) for Adams because Adams gave Mrs. Dilwyn some soap during the war. (She still cries every time she thinks of this kind act.)
Ashton tells him she has received lovely, informative letters from Amelia Maugery and Isola Prisby. Until she read their letters, Ashton had not realized that the Germans had permitted no news at all from the outside...
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