Bowlaway - Part 3: "Betrothed and Beholden" - "Betty Among the Pins" Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth McCracken
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In "Betrothed and Beholden," Margaret had been devastated when Minna’s family in Canada sent her home. Instead of going home, Margaret got a job at a cafeteria close to the train station. She wrote to Minna weekly until one of the letters came back marked return to sender.

When Margaret returned to Salford, Leviticus was dead and the house in which the Truitts lived was boarded up. She worked for a new family that had an embroidered version of its complex family tree. Margaret realized her family tree was only “Margaret (b. 1892?–d.)” (179). Bertha had once told Margaret she did not want to be “a line in a family Bible” (180), but Margaret desperately wanted to be part of a family.

Once on her daily walk to visit Truitts’ house, Margaret met a man claimed he...

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