The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford - Part 3, Chapter 18 Summary & Analysis

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Part 3, Chapter 18 Summary

A young girl with bad manners, Emily Vanderpool, takes up with a delinquent youth who has entered Emily's house for nefarious purposes. Striking up a conversation, the friendless Emily arranges to meet Lottie Jump later in the week. Unbeknownst to Emily, Lottie has taken the opportunity during their meeting to walk through the house and remove a perfume bottle that belongs to Emily's mother and a new cake on the kitchen windowsill. Lottie offers to teach Emily the art of shoplifting.

They get caught, and the expert, Lottie, is able to turn the attention and responsibility toward young Emily Vanderpool. Emily's parents are shamed in the eyes of their peers by their daughter's actions. Wanting social acceptance, they seek spiritual redemption for Emily. Emily learns from her mistake and is able to make friends by learning when to keep her mouth...

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