Gwen was confused when she heard the beginning of Lew Stone's story. But when the Book described how Uncle Cornelius' hijacked rocket had come crashing through the wall of Lew's lab, she started to tap her foot. When she heard how the remains of the rocket had disappeared, she crossed her arms and scowled. Finally the Book ended the story and looked up at her.
"This is satisfactory, I hope?" asked the Book.
"Oh yes," said Gwen. "I know just how to handle those two. They'll make it right."
When Tallie showed her to the door, Gwen stooped and spoke quietly. "Honey, I enjoyed the hats and all, but I'm worried about you. You don't live down here all alone with," she looked toward the Clockwork Book, "that thing, do you? Where are your parents?"
Tallie pulled back from Gwen and drew herself up as tall as she could manage. "Any attempt to interfere with me," she said, "will be met with the strongest possible reprisals." On which she shut the door in Gwen's face.
Tallie stood there for a bit while Gwen's footsteps got fainter and fainter. Well. She'd expected better from Gwen after hearing her story. That was all. Finally she went back to the Clockwork Book and sat herself down on the pillows.
"They mean well," offered the Book.
Then, later: "Perhaps a story?"
"Yes, please," said Tallie. "Thank you.