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Great. ” Stop imagining! Give me facts! ” “A bit north of Rindge Avenue. ” Persistence yielded Mellie’s address, but when I asked for her phone number, Francie insisted on explaining Mellie to me. “Mellie is the sweetest person on earth,” Francie said. “She has special needs. She has the mind of a child, really. But I think it’s fair to say that she’s a model for independent living. ” “People help her. Her parents died before they’d touched their retirement money, so there’s some sort of little trust fund, and there’s a man at the bank who helps.
Although Adam had done nothing that felt at all threatening, I wanted him out of the house, in part so that I could call Leah and let her know exactly what I thought of her rotten judgment. Adam thanked me. I opened the door. As he was leaving, he paused briefly. ” “Alaskan malamutes,” I said. ” “Thank you,” I said. ” He smiled. “It’s a Harley,” I said. “I know that. ” And that’s how I found out what it was. Only later did I realize that whereas I’d observed the Harley closely and learned its name, I’d been so startled to discover its rider in my kitchen and so angry at Leah for having let him in and having left him alone in my house that I’d learned almost nothing about him.
The address had made me imagine her in grand surroundings. Julia Child’s kitchen, now in the Smithsonian, was dismantled and removed from a house in that neighborhood. The late John Kenneth Galbraith, author of The Affluent Society, lived there. How convenient for him! To study personal wealth in American society, he merely had to stroll around the block. But Holly Winter, this other Holly Winter, does not occupy one of the grand old places. Elsewhere she might be said to rent a garage apartment, but since her abode is a short walk from the academic center of the American universe, which is to say, anywhere but elsewhere, she lives on the second floor of a renovated carriage house.
All Shots by Susan Conant