3716. Harriet’s behavior was singular and unforgettable. At the moment the crimson stripe on the leg of the yellow uniform was mentioned she was eating soup with a silver spoon. Very large tears began to fall from her eyes, and the tears ran down her cheeks, onto her chin, and fell into her soup. No other outward sign of her grief could be seen, and she continued to eat her soup as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening.
3717. Perhaps the only thing that transpired while Harriet cried was that her soup became a little more salty, as she consumed her grief with a spoon.
3718. If Harriet had cried in a conventional way I suppose her friends would have began asking her questions in a false attempt to appear concerned, but the nature of Harriet’s tears precluded any duplicitous reaction and they all sat there silently at the card table.