Hearing this, I felt very sad and 56didn’t know how best to reply. I could 57only invite them to accompany my mother to visit Hangchow. Wet Nurse kept shaking her head, “how can farmers find time to leave their corps? Besides, we couldn’t afford the trip.” I looked around at Mother. She sighed and shook her head. So, 58even Mother herself did not wish to return to Hangchow. I felt confused.
That night, Ah-yueh and I lay side by side on the large bed with the two children between us.59As we patted them, we filled each other in on all that had happened since our separation. When she mentioned that her mother-in-law objected to her only giving birth to girls, she started to cry. But when she spoke of her husband, her face bashfully revealed her unspoken love. 661I really hoped that her marriage would be blessed with happiness. I told her some of the interesting or amusing stories about school. 61Sometimes she’d laugh, sometimes she appeared absorbed in her own thoughts, her large eyes empty and unmoving, as if she hadn’t really heard me.
56.Reply : to say, write or do something as an answer
Answer: to give a spoken reply to a question