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Last time

Her father came into her room for the last time.

Charlotte filled a tin with crackers, stuffed her sister’s ragdoll, Lady Wintermere, down her underpants, and walked away from the house without talking to anybody. As she pushed into the forest, the familiar calls of the other children died away. 

 

Photo: ‘Children of coal miners. Scotts Run, West Virginia’. Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott, September 1938