The Summer Before the War: A Novel - Chapters Fourteen - Nineteen Summary & Analysis

Helen Simonson
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Part Two, continued

In Chapter Fourteen, Tillingham hosts the weekly meeting of the Belgian Relief Society, which Agatha shows up early for to prepare Tillingham’s house. Outside, Poot and Beatrice interview one of the refugees. Members of the Society begin to arrive, including Betting Fothergill, who complains the tea was too strong last week. The committee raises money and gathers donations of things like food from local residents to help support those who host the refugees. Tillingham is late to the meeting, as he has been writing. The Society decides to hold a Grand Fete and Parade. It is to include local squads of recruits under Colonel Wheaton’s command, the local Boy Scouts, school girls in white dresses, and a costume parade. Agatha and Beatrice know that Bettina Fothergill will want to be the center of attention in the...

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