Part 1, January 28 Summary
Ashton writes that she gladly accepts Stark’s dinner invitation, promising to wear her new dress and “eat like a pig.” She is thankful not having embarrassed the company; she had even considered making some sort of public statement but was concerned about making Dartry sound like a fool, which would have happened if she had tried to explain. She prefers looking like a flighty, hard-hearted woman to impugning a good man’s name; however, she would like to explain herself to Stark and tells him this story.
Stark was in the Navy in 1942, so he never met Dartry; Sophie was also away and only learned about the whole affair afterwards, and then Ashton swore her to secrecy. The longer she went without saying anything to...
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