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11 February 1910
- A girl is suddenly "with no warning, outside the inside and the familiar wet" (2.1)—i.e., she's just been born.
- But she can't breathe.
- Sylvie, the mother, is with Bridget, the housemaid, and Dr. Fellowes is stuck in the thick snow.
- Sylvie's husband, Hugh, isn't around either—he's off finding his sister, Isobel, who has run away to Paris with a man.
- The baby comes early, and Bridget sees that the cord is wrapped around her neck. She's blue and dead "before she had a chance to live" (2.12).
- "Darkness fell" (2.14).
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