Three youngish men and three younger women, un-married and convinced they are going to remain so, enter a compact to adopt a child; she--for it is Eleanor--to spend two months of the year with each of them--that's what it's Turn About. Collectively they are to be responsible for her education and welfare.
asn't," Gertrude suggested.
"He can work it out for himself. He's got to take the child two months like the rest of us. He's agreed to."
"He will," Margaret said, "I've never known him to go back on his word yet."
"Trust Margaret to stick up for David. Anyway, I've taken the precaution to put it in writing, as you know, and the document is filed."
"We're not adopting this infant legally."
"No, Gertrude, we can't,--yet, but morally we are. She isn't an infant, she's ten years old. I wish you girls would take the matter a little more seriously. We've bound ourselves to be responsible for this child's whole future. We have undertaken her moral, social and religious education. Her body and soul are to be--"
"Equally divided among us," Gertrude cut in.
Beulah scorned the interruption.
"--held sacredly in trust by the six of us, severally and collectively."
"Why haven't we adopted her legally then?" Margaret asked.
"Well, you see, there are pract
Written in 1917 with prose that remains contemporary, and has a modern voice. With today's style of blended families, three couples agree to sponsor a young woman who is essentially in poverty, near death. She grows up from 10 to 20, and the six singles turn into two, almost three couples, and the adopted daughter reveils she's fallen in love with one of her father figures. All's well that ends well, but the emotions are vivid.