Her sudden illness somehow knocked sense into the two of them. The doctor had explained that Mrs. Hill was suffering from physical fatigue and stress. Mr. Hill rebuked them harshly that night and said that they were partly responsible. Feeling remorseful and guilty, Harry and Ellie had a mini ‘conference’ between themselves. They finally resolved to quarrel less and fearful thoughts of their parent’s death crept into their minds. They concluded with a write-up ‘pact’ to honour their agreement to each other.