• Martha Boyle answers her front door to find a woman who introduces herself as Olive Barstow's mother.
• The woman says that she doesn't know if Martha really knew Olive well, but that Olive had left a journal.
• The woman then gives Martha a page of the journal, saying that she'd wanted her to have it.
• She then says "thank you, Martha Boyle," and steps off the front stoop, turning to walk away.
• In Chapter 2, "An End," Martha recalls that Olive had been riding her bicycle on Monroe Street several weeks earlier when she was struck by a vehicle and killed.
• Martha recalls Olive as a quiet girl, "a loner" who had tended to stay out of the mainstream of students.
• In Chapter 3, "Hopes," Martha reads the journal page written in Olive's handwriting, and Martha imagines Olive's "thin" voice reading it to her.
• The journal entry is written on June 7 and...
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