Although it is a surprise to her, Muriel promptly accepts Clive's proposal of marriage. Almost everyone is happy for them such as Hetty who hijacks the responsibility for organizing the festivities. The one person who seemingly is unhappy is Izzy despite she being the one who originally set up the two. Izzy is afraid that Muriel's presence in the house will change her relationship with her father. Izzy's uncertainty is bolstered by the other kids talking about stepmothers and the Cinderella fairy tale. Clive's proposal coincides with him being offered the job of Chief Superintendent of Schools for the province. Despite the job's prestige, he is unsure if he should accept the job seeing as to Izzy's obvious discomfort about the marriage, of which Muriel is also aware. The job would require much travel, leaving Muriel and Izzy alone at the house. Clive decides not to tell either Muriel or Izzy yet of the job offer. Meanwhile, the students at the school are chipping in together to buy a ...