"Four Women": After finally getting Marion and Cindy to the hospital, Bev dragged the bodies of the men who raped her friends out of the back of the car, and disposed of them. In the process, she snapped the push-down lock off of one of the doors.
Appearing in "Four Women"
- Rapists (Appears only as a corpse)
- The Therapist
Synopsis for "Four Women"
After finally getting Marion and Cindy to the hospital, Bev dragged the bodies of the men who raped her friends out of the back of the car, and disposed of them. In the process, she snapped the push-down lock off of one of the doors.
In the months after that, the four women drifted apart. The others seemed to blame Donna for the events. Bev had mailed Donna the plastic lock from the car as a reminder of her actions. Cindy became a Sunday School teacher at a Mormon church, and though she was not negative toward Donna, they failed to keep in touch. Bev practically retired from her law practice, and broke up with her partner of 15 years. She refused to answer the door when Donna came to see her. Donna tried calling Marion over and over, but she refused to pick up the phone.
Donna's therapist asks why she didn't visit Marion in person like she did the others. She wonders if maybe Marion is waiting for Donna to reach out. Bev had sent a clear signal by not answering the door, and Donna was sending a signal to Marion by not meeting in person.
The therapist tries to go back in the story, to solve the discrepancy between Bev and Donna during the attack. Donna recalls that when she had offered to drive at the gas station, it hadn't been Bev who picked up the keys, but it was Donna herself. She had been the one driving during the attack. She had been the one who locked the doors and refused to let Marion back into the car. It had been Bev that saved Cindy with the car jack. Donna admits that what had started as protecting the others became saving herself. After the attack was over, Bev had driven back to the hospital, and disposed of the bodies.
Donna feels that her crime is not that she locked the doors, or that she crumbled, but that she had let down her best friend, Marion. The therapist convinces her to go to Marion, and find out how she feels for herself.
At 5:30 in the morning, Donna waits and cries outside on Marion's doorstep. When Marion comes out, Donna feebly attempts to explain herself, before simply breaking down. Resigned, Marion simply sits down beside Donna, and they make awkward small-talk. Finally, Donna begs for forgiveness, and Marion reaches out, and holds her in her arms. Marion admits that Donna is selfish, but that it isn't a crime to be so. She forgives her friend, and the two of them go inside.
- This book was first published on February 6, 2002.
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