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A Long Way from Chicago Chapter Summary & Analysis - "A One-Woman Crime Wave - 1931" Summary

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"A One-Woman Crime Wave - 1931" Summary

The third episode opens with notes on the Great Depression. As the children ride the train into town, they notice men catching rides on the freight cars, looking from town to town for some employment. The sheriff is trying to run drifters out of town but without much success. Because Grandma's tomcat lives in the "cobhouse," an all-purpose storage shed on the way to the outhouse, Mary Alice is scared to go to the outhouse, but she doesn't want to use a chamber pot either. Mary Alice says there's a bad smell coming from the cobhouse, too, and she thinks that something has died in there. Grandma says it's just cheese. Mary Alice says she doesn't want any, but Grandma tells her it's not for her.

The next morning, Grandma wakes the children by banging a pot...

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