Reba Harper lives in the small New England town of Beaver Haven,
Hello Cora. Are you sitting down? Then sit. I’ve got something terrible to tell you. I’m over at Mrs. Durdle’s. When you met her, did you think there was something odd about her?
Well, the words are -- wait a minute. (to stairs and back.) The first word is -- (Whispers inaudibly.) I’m not going to shout it -- it’s too embarrassing. Look - I’ll bring them over to your house. I just hope I’m not run over and have them found on my body. Stay there.
Patrick, John. A Bad Year for Tomatoes. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York, NY. 1975. p. 30.