Tom's much-loathed Aunt Dottie raised him in Boston after his parents’ death, though she constantly complained about it. She teased and taunted Tom cruelly, and often called him a “sissy,” comparing him to his father, whom she insisted had also been a “sissy.” She sends Tom infrequent checks and he occasionally writes letters to her.
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...lurid observations of Marge and Dickie’s relationship. He writes and sends a letter to his Aunt Dottie , “cutting himself off from her.” He is eager for distance from her snide letters,... (full context)