Chapters 11 and 12 Summary
A Council of Perfection. Narration refers to Marigold's anger at, and jealousy of, her distant relative Gwendolen, constantly praised by the frequently visiting Aunt Josephine. When Gwendolen's father asks if she can come for a visit, Marigold looks forward to meeting her in person.
When Gwendolen arrives, Marigold is upset and frustrated to find out that she is just as perfect as Aunt Josephine had said. Marigold works hard at being just as well behaved (see "Quotes", p. 171), with the result that the two girls end up bored with each other and with life at Cloud of Cedars.
One day, when Grandmother and Mother are out, Gwendolen reveals just how rebellious she really is. She and Marigold then reveal that they each have been told, by Aunt Josephine, that the other is perfect, and that they've both been on their best behavior all week in an attempt...