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MonkeyNotes-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
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Chapter 52

Summary At the request of her friend, Francie goes on a double date. At first Francie feels uncomfortable with Lee Rhynor; however, as the evening progresses, she thinks he is sweet and enjoys talking to him about his family and his feeling lonely. When he brings her home, he gives Francie her first kiss, and they plan to meet again. The next day Lee voices his love for her but tells Francie that he is engaged to another girl. He suggests that they spend the night together before he goes away, but Francie, of course, refuses. When he departs, Lee asks her to write to him everyday and never to love anyone else except him. Francie feels confused.


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Francie receives her first kiss and pledge of love from Lee Rhynor, who is only in town for a couple of days. Still she is enamored with him and thinks she is in love. Even when Lee tells her that he is engaged to another woman, Francie promises to write him and love only him. It is obvious that Francie is in love with the idea of love, for she is really far too practical to commit herself to a man whom she has met only two days earlier and who is engaged to another woman.

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