The next day, Sunday, Phoebe goes home, where Mr. Winterbottom tells her that her mom called Mrs. Cadaver to tell her that she is safe and sound.
This makes Phoebe think that Mrs. Cadaver has kidnapped and murdered her mom. She tells her dad they have to call the police.
Mr. Winterbottom agrees to call the police if they haven't heard from her mom by Wednesday.
At school on Monday, Phoebe gives a report on Pandora. She attacks Ben's mythology presentation for being full of errors and false information, and tells the class the Pandora was in fact a good, positive gift from the gods to humans.
The gods made Pandora an incredibly curious creature, and then they gave her a box and told her not to look in it. She opens the box (of course) and unleashes all of the evils of the world.
But, in addition to the evils of the world, the box also contains hope.
As she tells this story, Phoebe infuses her description of Pandora with descriptions of her own self. Strange.
Sal imagines another box – one filled with all the good things in life. And if that box has one evil thing tucked away at the bottom of it, it would be worry.
That night, Sal wants to call Phoebe and tell her that Mrs. Winterbottom left for her own reasons, reasons that had nothing to do with Phoebe.
At this point in her story, Gram and Gramps chime in and agree with Sal – that Mrs. Winterbottom's leaving had nothing to do with Phoebe.
Sal realizes that the same might be true of her own mother. Maybe her leaving had nothing to do with Sal, either. This is a big realization for our girl.