Beth watches Tiffie’s mouth move but she can no longer hear the words. She wonders if she looks that ugly when she gossips. How could she have allowed her entire life to revolve around other people’s misery?
She had first met Tiffie at boarding school. Tiffie was pretty, perky, and popular, and Beth wanted to be just like her. Beth’s family wasn’t exactly poor, but her father had had to work hard to send her to Wheatley. She felt out of place there at first, but then Tiffie befriended her and made it easy. All Beth had to do was what Tiffie told her to do and then she became popular, too.