The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Bell Summary & Analysis

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When Hattie had her affair with Lawrence in 1951, Bell was a teenager. One day, she saw Hattie with Lawrence on the street and saw a side of Hattie she had never seen. Hattie was laughing and happy — unlike the bitter and miserable person she was at home.

Twenty years later, she runs into Lawrence and recognizes him. She was buying a hat at a department store when Lawrence came in to buy his daughter a hat. She approached him and introduced herself as Caroline Jackson from Boston.

Lawrence and Bell had a relationship that Bell controlled to keep it a purely sexual one. She would not go on dates with him but met him only at his home. After four months, however, he suggested they have a real date and Bell was surprised she wanted to. They arranged to meet at Wanamaker’s at...

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