Chapter 5: The Wrath of God
Momma's back! I know it's been, like, an entire week or two since the last chapter. So I forgive everyone for forgetting that's been an ENTIRE DAY of not seeing their primary caregiver. If you, like me, had forgotten how long it had been, VC Andrews reminds you in the first sentence. "Momma came into our room this first night..."
"Momma" is tight-limbed and stiff-jointed. She's 33, so she's actually younger than me. I do not have 4 children locked in my hypothetical attic, so I'm winning in that aspect!
Cathy claims that the twins "thoughtlessly" run to hug Momma. She also goes on and on about her feelings while Momma just cries. Cathy isn't yet aware of how much her mother is an all over terrible human, so she thinks that Momma is crying for her. The twins complain about Cathy and Chris. Carrie is annoying.
Grandmother yells at Corrine to get Carrie to shut up, as Carrie has melted down into full blown temper tantrum. Grandmother grabs Carrie by the hair, Cory starts kicking Grandmother. There is some delightful description. "Quick as a cat he pounced on the grandmother!" and we get another "Good-golly day!" from Cathy. Seriously, if you can find a copy of this book without paying for it, I highly recommend it, if only for the overly dramatic writing about every minute detail. I thought I could handle extra details. I love A Song of Ice and Fire and even enjoyed reading about who is eating what and where. This, though, is something different.
Two pages to share that the Grandmother slapped Cory and yelled at Corrie to shut them up and that only Christopher the Elder knew how to handle the meltdowns.
Eventually something other than whining temper tantrum throwing children and the fallout that ensued happens and we find out that Corrine can't or won't leave Foxworth Hall with them. We also see that Grandmother has whipped Corrine. Thirty-three times, one for each year of her life, then fifteen more for each year of living in sin with Christopher Sr. Grandfather ordered the punishment and Grandmother carried it out. There's some shouting about Children from the Devil! Evil from the moment of conception!
Cathy "flounders in a maelstrom of uncertainty, aching inside, not know who she is" She wants to whip grandmother back.
Chris is angry, as he loved his mother best. K.
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