15: Pamlico

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Stanford paid for Evelyn’s stay at this school run by Cecil B. DeMille’s mother. While there, Nesbit may have had an “appendectomy” (a euphemism at the time for abortion). During this time, White often visited Evelyn, who grew pale and lost all her hair due to stress. Another attentive visitor, Mr. Harry Kendall Thaw, was quite persuasive in his courtship of the ill eighteen-year-old, promising her a relaxing trip to Europe for her and her mother.

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