In their size and shape and arrangement, the houses along Marine all oozed prewar. But then, they all looked new as well. I chatted up a neighbor. Yes, her house was built in the thirties, the whole street was. Really, I said. There have been someâ€¦changes. Oh yes, she replied, we did ours in â€™86. The people across the street there just did theirs.
So. Stucco and plastic windows are something you â€œdo.â€ You just call someone up and say â€œIâ€™d like to do my house,â€ and theyâ€™ll know exactly what you mean. Theyâ€™ll come over and your house will get â€œdid.â€ Nearly every visible trace of 30s Wilmington, borne of the 1932-discovered 2.5 billion barrel Wilmington Field (third largest in America), has been wiped from the landscape.
As to what Bettyâ€™s outfit signifies we can only conjecture; what types of costume (and their import) hung in the closets of 1610 is a matter of further fantasy. How had Mrs. Foley puzzled out her daughterâ€™s dangerous games? Dear Myrtle must have filled her head with ignis fatuus to dispel any disquieting truths. Perhaps we can channel her spirit (which like said pale light hovers over the marshy oil fields) and pry some secreted tale from her misty midst.