page 108 of 244 of An Unrestored Woman

The Lost Ribbon

The act of her counting the colored lentils is not too different than people playing solitaire to pass the time – seems all she’s ever been able to do is pass the time, the fact she’s lived to be over 60 is almost a shame. “All that trouble for nothing” (p 112)

She then compares the colors of the lentils to her lost ribbon, stolen just as she will be stolen when she a little older.