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February 18, 2011


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Can't help thinking of Edith Wharton's stories here. Kate is an niece or cousin, possibly an an older woman who never married, as it sounds like there wasn't much close family around her. But very independent and full of life. She may have been the daughter of parents who had passed the year before, the ones the writer refers to as missing, and perhaps there had been a funeral the previous spring? Kate must had an inheritance to live off of, though nothing is mentioned of that. Perhaps it would have been inappropriate to discuss her financial assets, just all the pretty personal things she left behind.


Frances - what do you think the relationship was between Hattie J Hall and Mr. Webster? Family? Employee? Or Hattie and Kate? I love the literary possibilities.

John Arends

I was taken by the last "paragraph"...about the comfort of knowing a small piece of the future -- that the summer will be spent at Green Lake -- vs. facing the unknown, and all that that implies.

I took from Hattie's opening --"...the things that had belonged to Kate..." -- to mean that she had, indeed, died. As for their relationship, Hattie's use of the "we" in reference to herself, makes me guess that she and her husband and/or family are close friends with the Webster clan.

Yes, quite sorrowful and evocative, indeed!

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