the cage by Ruth Sender chapter10-15
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Riva wants Shmulek to sleep at her friend Henry's house. He is twenty, I think, and good looking. Riva is a sixteen year old girl. She doesnt like the optics of it and people may talk.
She tells him that he can sleep next door with Henry.
"It may sound very silly to you, but I still care what people will say. You are a young man of twenty; I, a young lady of sixteen. They will gossip. Do you understand? I hope you do.”