A letter is dropped off at Mr. Emerson’s house in the afternoon:
Dear Mr. Lighthouse,
This letter is to inform you that Miss Lanfier and I are departing on a trip north tonight. If you could assist Mrs. Pritchard and Mrs. Sawyer by making sure the snow is kept clear, and the wood and coal deliveries arrive when they should, I would greatly appreciate it.
Mrs. Sawyer is likely to bring food over to you from time to time. She does like to experiment, and seems incapable of cooking for anything less than an army. I do want to make it clear that you are under no obligation to eat everything she brings. Not all of her experiments turn out well.