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Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool
Moon Over Manifest Chapters 14-15 Summary
Chapter 14 Frog Hunting, June 5, 1936 Abilene has the silver dollar that Ned won at the fair out on her windowsill now, too. She's had some time off from working for Miss Sadie because customers keep coming in to see her. Fortune telling must be big business. But Abilene's just dying to know how the story continues. Lettie and Ruthanne come over so they can all go frog hunting. You know, a perfectly normal pastime... Lettie's mom is going to fry their legs for dinner. Yum. While they're at it out in the woods, Abilene happens upon a random gravestone. And just then—they hear a scream. (Is it the Rattler? His latest victim? A terrified frog?) Nope. It came from a nice little house nearby. And soon, so does Sister Redempta. It turns out to be Billy's house, and Sister just delivered his new baby brother. The girls rush home so Lettie and Ruthanne can tell their moms. Chapter 15 Miss Sadie's Divining Parlor, June 6, 1936 Walking to Miss Sadie's the next day, Abilene gets a little creeped out thinking about that lonely grave in the woods. She starts up her rhyming game again, but it doesn't help much, so she starts walking through the bushes for cover. When she pops out again, she runs right into Sister Redempta… … who tells her that the orphans she used to help care for used to make up rhymes, too. (Well, at least she's not mad?) Then she reminds her about her assignment and tells her it might be a good idea to look up the word "manifest" in the dictionary. (Ah, teachers and dictionaries—the love affair that never dies.) Abilene finally makes it to Miss Sadie's, where she's supposed to start planting seeds in that bone-dry garden. Miss Sadie knows about Billy's mom having a baby and is sending her some smooshed-up herbs for tea. Yum? Abilene mentions seeing Sister there, looking almost normal, with her veil off and her sleeves rolled up. Miss Sadie tells her that "the person you encounter is often more than the person you see" (15.37). Huh? And with that, she's back to the story. Hooray.
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