So, today I'm posting Chapter Three (probably the last one I'll post). It's about one of my favorite characters in the book, Eula Mae MacDougal. Eula Mae is an older sister in the ward--a widow who struggles with health problems.
She's a fairly recent convert and is not from the city where the story takes place. She is lonely and struggles in many ways, inside and out.
Eula was one of the characters who emerged most clearly when I first conceived of the story. She's incredibly real to me--and at the same time, she's not based on anyone I've known. Maybe that's the reason. Ironically, most people who read the book say, "I know her! She lives in my ward."
Eula is interesting to me because she is the one character who suffers from things over which she has absolutely no control. The other characters, to some degree at least, all have a small amount of choice or agency. Eula really has no choices or options. Writing her chapters always tugged at my heartstrings, and I like to think I'm a little more compassionate for having written about her.
I hope you enjoy Chapter Three!
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