The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford - Part 4, Chapter 28 Summary & Analysis

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Part 4, Chapter 28 Summary

Hannah Talmadge is only five years old when her father takes her to have her hair cut. This is not an unforeseen occurrence for a father and daughter day trip. Unfortunately, it comes in the middle of an argument with the child's mother. The father, in his vindictiveness, has the child's hair shorn from her head in the manner of a boy's cut. Hannah's beautiful tresses, so like her mother's, are gone. The child is desolate at the loss of her hair and has tears in her eyes. Hannah's mother fears her young daughter is going mental from the trauma.

Hannah overhears her mother complaining to the child's aunt about the father's actions. Hannah is confused and ashamed. Awash in tears, the young child only knows that her older siblings tease her about the cut, and the mother's self-interest doesn't acknowledge...

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