How could a busiest city in the world be so hideously lonely? Skipping the park path at dusk with Velma had been giddy festive
fun; a single day later it was a trudge.
Scarlett knew that losing Sherman changed her relationship with the city. Velma’s visit revealed just how much.
Velma again invited – nearly coerced – Scarlett to retire to the country with the other spinsters at the rooming house. Spinsters! Velma was coming to grips with the term invoked by her country neighbors; Scarlett remained horrified. Still, the city swirl had slowed over the decade.
Silly perhaps, but Scarlett loved clothes. She imagined herself an old-world style icon to younger girls at the publishing house. She thought of her favorite blue brocade dress. Would there be occasion to wear her lovely clothes in the country? She was closer to ready, but would visit Velma again first. Or maybe she would renew social ties with a party in the city instead.