"I don't know yet. But I thought… James, I want to go
out there alone. Just in case. I want you to stay here with the kids. And I'll
come back for you when I know."
"If it's okay for us there."
"I don't like that, Dicey. What if you get in trouble?"
"Better just me than all of us, right? Will said we
could call the Berlin police to get him if we need help. So if I don't come
back then you can call him. Here's the money, for lunch and anything. Can you
keep an eye on Maybeth and Sammy?"
"Yeah, but I don't like it."
"I'm in charge, James. Remember."
"Okay. But . . . "
Dicey gave him the money she had left, nine dollars. She
leaned over to talk to Maybeth and Sammy. "You do what James says. You
They both nodded.
"That's all right then," Dicey said. She stood up
quickly and hurried away, without looking back. (2.7.95-105)
No wonder James doesn't
like this. Dicey says the exact same thing to the kids that Momma did before
she left. After all this time, the little kids are still worried that they'll
be abandoned yet again. Poor little dears.