Beaming, expectant, he waited for his wife to share the joke. Stella didn’t think it as funny as all that. It was a fine thing to be told, at this stage, that there was no money, that your innocent little child sleeping upstairs had nothing to look forward to but a lifetime of work. She had just been bathing the innocent child. Usually, her evening task consisted only of kissing it good night, for the Mannings were fortunate in their Italian servants, who were efficient, loyal, and cheap."
The power in this story is in seeing how the young wife and his daughter react to this news. The wife was not a shameless gold digger but she is shocked to see her child will not receive an inheritance. Her step daughter, her age, turns on her and both realize untoward things about themselves. I don't want to tell to much about this story other than to say I loved it. I really hope to read more and would like to read all of her stories.
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