A Long Way from Chicago - Study Guide Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

Richard Peck
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“Things with Wings – 1934”

For the first time since their initial visit, Grandma is at the train platform when Joey and Mary Alice arrive. She isn’t there to greet them though; she is there to see someone off. She helps Mrs. Effie Wilcox on the train, makes sure she finds a seat, and then turns to her grandkids. Her mind is miles away as they walk home. Mary Alice asks where Mrs. Wilcox is going. Grandma replies that she is moving in with her sister in Palmyra. Effie’s house is being foreclosed on because she can’t make the payments.

They distract Grandma with the story of John Dillinger’s demise that summer. They were quite upset that their parents would not take them to see his corpse, which was on display in the basement of the city morgue. After they go upstairs to unpack, Mary Alice...

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