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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Based on Eleanora E. Tate's book, Just An Overnight Guest tells the story of a family faced with an unexpected "guest." Rosalind Cash and Richard Roundtree portray the parents of ten-year old Margie who cannot understand why her mother has brought home a ragged six-year old to live with them. The mother, a teacher, recognizes that little Ethel has been neglected and lacks any semblance of middle-class manners, but her impulse is to help the child. As it turns out, Ethel has not only been neglected but also mistreated as the marks on her back bear out. The two girls fight and are miserable together, but eventually Margie begins to understand that not all children have had the loving environment she takes for granted.
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