Charlotte turned to her. “Alice, one thing I’ve noticed is that people hate being criticized. Everyone hates that. It’s one of the great truths of human nature – I think it’s why my parents got divorced.”
Alice looked implicated. Her eyes began to water slightly.
“I’m sorry,” Charlotte added, apparently sincerely. “It’s just that you’re so terrific – it makes me sick to think that you might get in that terrible situation again where everyone hated you-“
Hated me?”
“You’re wonderful,” Charlotte said, sitting next to her. “Maybe, in physical terms, I’m a little cuter than you, but you should be
much more popular than I am… It’d be such a shame if what happened in college repeated itself.”