The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Part 1, May 15 Summary

Mary Ann Shaffer

Part 1, May 15 Summary

Another Islander, Sally Ann Frobisher, writes Ashton to tell her about how she was “personally humiliated” during the war. She was twelve in 1943, and she had scabies. There was never enough soap in Guernsey to keep anything clean, and everyone had skin diseases of some kind: scabies or pustules or lice. Frobisher had scabies on top of her head (under her hair) and she could not get rid of them. Finally the doctor told her she had to go to the hospital to have her hair shaved and to have the tops of the scabs cut off to allow the pus to drain. She hopes Ashton will never know the “shame of a seeping scalp. Frobisher wished she would die.

At the hospital she made a new friend, Elizabeth McKenna, who helped the...

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