As Laura stood on her balcony watching a paddle-wheeler steam down the Mississippi, she was snapped out of her reverie and back to the present when she heard a loud scream coming from her father’s room. Laura raced from the balcony into her father’s bedroom. There, by his bed, she saw Dr. Ellerby consoling her mother’s sobbing frame. Ruth looked up as Laura entered the room. “Oh, Laura, your father…” The words died on her lips as Laura helped her mother up and assisted her from her husband’s room into her bedroom.
The doctor motioned to Laura as she returned from her mother’s room.
“What’s wrong with Father?” Laura asked.
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