The Thorn Birds - Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

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Mary Carson plans a huge party for her 72nd birthday. Before the party starts, she pens a new will. Against Mary's wishes, Father Ralph has purchased riding clothes for Meggie and taught her to ride Mary's finest horses. He insists that, as the only daughter of the heir of one of the largest ranches in Australia, she not drive a buggy like a common country girl. He makes certain Meggie will ride like the wealthy daughters of other landowners.

Mary Carson has provided the money for new party clothes for all the Clearys. Meggie, now 16, has her first formal dress, in a delicate pinkish color called "ashes of roses," embroidered in tiny rosebuds. Mary Carson's stout form is bedecked in white satin, lace and white ostrich feathers. Everyone enjoys the festive dinner party and dancing, except Meggie. She is hurt, because Father Ralph completely ignores her.

At 3 a.m., Mary...

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