Lela was torn. Fear gripped her heart. Should she be ruled
by people’s opinions—or by what her heart was telling
her? It was 1903 and the social mores of the 1880s
persisted. All her life, Lela had been told, “Nice girls don’t
let the boy know.” Derek wanted to hear her say that she
loved him, but she hadn’t been able to. Could she tell him
this time? But “nice girls don’t . . .”
Lela could not face the heartbreak of splitting up with
Derek again. She had to tell him she loved him. Tired of
being ruled by what other people thought, she made up
her mind. I will tell him how I feel. Tonight!
As she melted into the splendor of Derek’s arms, those
fateful words assaulted her mind. “Nice girls don’t . . .”
Did Lela follow her resolve? Could you?