Part 1, March 12 Summary
Dawsey Adams writes an answer to Ashton’s question about Mrs. Dilwyn’s crying over soap. During the middle of the Occupation, soap became scarce and families were only allowed one bar per month. The soap was made of some kind of French clay and would produce no lather: “[Y]ou just had to scrub and hope it worked.” Staying clean was hard work, and everyone got used to being rather dirty all the time. The soap allotted for clothes and dishes was no better.
Some of the ladies suffered greatly because of this, and Mrs. Dilwyn was one of those women. Most of her dresses, bought before the war, had come from Paris, and they were ruined much more quickly than others. One of Adams’ neighbors had a pig that died of...
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