THE SUNSET HOTEL - MARY'S PENTHOUSE
just can't believe my marriage is over." Francis
gazed down at the floor; her mind unable to focus on anything.
"Everything I've ever known is now just gone. My marriage, my life,
my dreams... Am I right not to be able to forgive Charles
for what he's done? Am I right for leaving him and my
"Dear, I don't know what I would have done if I'd caught
your father in the same situation," Mary
said as she walked over to her. "Thank god we never had to go through
a crisis like this. Though I don't know if I would've been able to forgive
him, I do know that I wouldn't have been able to forget!"
"Oh, I can just imagine what everyone in town is
saying!" Francis buried her head in her hands. "There has never
been a divorce in the Albany family! Not even in the Callison family!
I can't be the first! I can't! What are the women in the hospital
auxiliary going to think of me?"
"Who cares what those busybody crows think?" Mary's
Jackson spoke up as she handed Mary a cup of tea. "There are
worse things in the world than divorce. Don't you dare let those cackling
hens make you feel bad about yourself. None of this is your fault.
You've done nothing wrong!"
"I-I know that," Francis muttered.
"Dottie is right!" Mary nodded her head in
"You let those women have whatever silly opinions they
want. You have to hold your head up high, honey, be proud of who you are.
Don't ever let them take your dignity." Dorothea patted Francis
gently on the shoulder.
"But I still love Charles so much! In spite of
everything that's happened, I love him with all my heart. But how can I
forgive him for what he's done?"
"Darling, that's something you have to work out for
yourself," Mary replied as she held Francis' hand reassuringly.
"No one can make that decision for you. Whatever you decide, I'll
support you every step of the way."
"But surely everyone will think I'm a horrible person if I
get a divorce! How would I ever be able to hold my head up again?"
"You forget what everyone else thinks!" Dorothea
said firmly. "You have to do what's right for you."
Mary silently nodded her head in agreement.