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Tina marched over to her mother who was standing with Clementine Murdock the wife of Franklin Murdock the current Mayor of Stanton and discussing their weekly sewing and crocheting group that commences on Saturday afternoons.
“Really Clementine I do believe I can persuade Meredith to join us. Since her husband Julius passed she has not stepped foot outside her home” Grace assures as Clementine gives a grateful nod
“That would be just splendid Grace. It disturbs me that she has withdrawn herself from public appearances such as this fundraiser. Events like this give Mer-“ Clementine stopped when Tina jumped in front of her.
“Mother!..What is this about me going with that horrid woman to South Carolina?” Tina angrily asks folding her arms in distaste
Grace looked at Clementine apologetically “I’m terrible sorry for this intrusion Clementine” she apologized giving Tina a scornful look
“Never you mind that Grace. You have more than shown that you are not to blame for this child’s unpleasantries” she gestures at Tina “I do believe a long switch from one of your many oak trees could do wonders for her manners if rapped against her two cheeks. And I am not talking about the two cheeks here” Clementine says taking her thumbs and index fingers and quickly pinching both of Tina’s cheeks
Tina gasps in horror and looks at Grace “Are you going to let her get away with that Mother” she asks expectantly
Grace smiles through clenched teeth at Clementine “Would you excuse us Clementine? I shall find you and finish our conversation later. I must talk to Christina here”
Clementine nods and smiles “Very well Grace. And before I go I must say, Bette Porter is such a delightful young lady. Very humble and gracious. She even pledged a generous donation to the Stanton Hall fund. Miss high and mighty here could definitely learn some charm and grace from her” she says giving a sheepish grin to Tina before sauntering away
“Really Mother does everyone here know I’m going to South Carolina with that Yankee” Tina chided as her face distorted to one of disdain
Unable to hold in her anger at her unruly daughter any longer, Grace grabbed Tina by the arm and pulled her outside the ballroom leading her wordlessly to one of their waiting coaches.