Part 2, June 28 Summary
In a letter to Sidney Stark, Juliet Ashton tells him the gift he sent Kit was positively inspired. The satin tap shoes covered with sequins are perfect for a four-year-old girl.
Kit has been staying with Ashton since Maugery and Adams returned from France. Maugery has been tired ever since she got home, and it just seems best for Kit to stay with Ashton, especially if Remy Giraud decides to come stay with Maugery once she leaves the hospice. Ashton is thankful that Kit seems to like the idea, as well.
Adams told Kit that her mother is dead, and Ashton has no idea how Kit feels about that; the girl has not said anything about it, and Ashton will never ask. She tries not to be too attentive or make her special treats, something people did for Ashton after her parents died. She was so angry at those who thought that a giant piece of cake or other treat would somehow compensate for her losing her parents. Ashton was a “wretched twelve-year-old” at the time; Kit is only four and would probably really enjoy some extra cake, but Ashton refrains nevertheless.
Ashton tells Stark she is having some trouble with her book. Although she has collected plenty of data and personal interviews to begin writing about the Occupation in Guernsey, she has no idea how to compile them into an effective and satisfying book. A straight chronology, though sensible, would be too tedious, and she does not have a better idea. She offers to send all her pages to him; perhaps a better eye and a more impersonal examination would help her get more focused. If Stark is not too overwhelmed with the work he missed while he was in Australia, she wonders if he would have time to look over her work. If not, he should not worry. Ashton is still working and hopes a brilliant inspiration might come to her.
In a postscript, she thanks Stark for sending her the lovely newspaper clipping of Markham Reynolds dancing with Ursula Fent. If he was hoping to incite some kind of jealous rage, he failed—especially since Reynolds has already called and complained to her that Fent has been following him around “like a lovesick bloodhound.” She tells Stark again that he and Reynolds have something in common. Both of them seem to want her to be miserable. She suggests that perhaps they should start a club.