Visit from the health visitor

Early in the novel Joy prepares for a visit from her health visitor. Joy does not want her there, but makes a special effort to make her believe she is coping.

There is an obvious sense of panic and Joy tries to get everything right for the visit, including her choice of biscuits.

She is disappointed and dissatisfied with the shallow, ineffectual conversation:

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