The Summer of the Swans - Study Guide Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Sara and Mary follow the field by the woods searching for Charlie. Mary begins to complain about the heat and the curlers in her hair. She worries about getting home in time to get ready for a party at Bennie Hoffman's that night. Sara does not care about any of these things, especially the party, which Mary mentions over and over again.

Mary says that Aunt Willie thinks Charlie is in the old coal mine, so they are probably looking in the wrong place. Sara says there is no way Charlie would go into the coal mine because he is afraid of dark places. She cites the example of the time they went into an old, empty house, when Charlie refused to follow because of the dark. Mary also remembers that she sprained her ankle going in, and Sara stopped to look at some magazines before she...

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