During the commotion of the dinner rush, John Denio tells Henry to keep the mice out of the flour bin as the girls bustle about.
Mattie thinks of the two additional people they should have during the rush: Carl Grahm and Grace Brown. She remembers hearing them argue about what to do for fun: go to a chapel or go boating; Grace calls Carl by a different name: Chester.
Later, Mattie sees Grace and Grace gives Mattie the letters, which Mattie puts under her mattress and forgets in the rush of the day.
But now, during the dinner rush, Mattie can't forget about Grace and Carl and their empty table. She overhears Mr. Morrison, the hotel manager, telling Cook that Carl Grahm took a woman out on a boat after lunch and never came back.