For three days, Pearl would have nothing to do with Eden. But on the fourth morning, Eden walked into the parlor to retrieve a book she’d left there and found the little girl hiding behind the potted palm in the corner of the room. She was ignoring the remonstrances of Mrs. Williams, who was trying to introduce Miss Daley, the new nurse she had hired that morning. When Pearl saw Eden, she ran to her side and grabbed her trousers.
Eden reached down and picked up the little girl, who hid her face against Eden’s shoulder.
“I’m sorry,” Eden said, reaching out to shake Miss Daley’s hand. But Pearl did not let Eden out of her sight for the rest of the day. When Sophia came home, she found the two of them in the dayroom, its floor strewn with charcoal scribbles, Eden’s sketchbooks full of Pearl.