You might feel cranky if your ear ached. By the 13th Mary says her ear broke. Ouch.
She was so cranky she mentions that if all those Benson men thought she'd have dinner for them, well, they had another think coming. Especially Virgil. What did step son Virgil do to raise her ire?
You can see Mary stop writing with this ear ache. She will not write again for another week.