“I’ve had the most wonderful idea,” Ethel proclaimed enthusiastically as both she and Claire were finishing their tea. “I may already have told you about the women’s association in which I take part.” Claire nodded her agreement. “Well, each year we prepare a small recital for Founder’s Day. It’s nothing too fancy, just some small entertainment for our neighbourhood to enjoy themselves.” Founder’s Day? Ethel must have sensed Claire’s blank expression, because she immediately offered a more detailed explanation. “That’s our local festivity, in case you don’t know.” Claire nodded again, in anticipation for what Ethel wanted to tell her. “And we’d be delighted to have you there. How would you feel about playing some of your music? Do you think you can find some time to spare us? I’m sure it would be a fun distraction for you, and I miss so much to hear you play.”
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