With Cora to champion her and her brothers for company, Charley thrived.. Her father is pleased to see his daughter is smart and active. When Ellen has been gone a month, he called her. “Ellen, you need to come home. Your children need you. I need you.”
“Oh Charles, I don’t feel well enough yet. I have been taking the hot baths daily and am just starting to put a little of the weight back on I lost when my nerves were so bad. The doctor here thinks I would benefit from a longer rest. He told me today I should plan on another six weeks. I was going to call tomorrow and let you know.” Ellen had a tremor in her voice as she bargained for more time. She hadn’t even asked after the children.
“I am sure that doctor’s pocket would benefit if you stayed. Ellen, I am…
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