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The friendship between Judith and Mrs. Bentley grew as Mrs. Bentley invited Judith back to their house after the mass. This happened despite the fact Mrs. Bentley appears to have caught her husband, through the mirror, steering at Judith while she sang. In mass, while Philip was listening to the music, Mrs. Bentley recalls, "it's seldom he listens to music" (Ross 51). Mrs. Bentley invited Judith to their home because she felt bad about the way it appeared the choir was ignoring Judith after the mass. It is also ironic that Mrs. Bentley "never got along with women very well" but somehow the one woman she does get along with is the same women that slept with her husband (Ross 102). Their friendship continued to grow as the weeks passed. Judith was a regular dinner guest at the Bentley's and often times she and Mrs. Bentley would go for a walk following the meal. On one occasion when Judith was over for supper, she had worn a new dress that Mrs. Bentley described as "becoming" but feels that she had worn it for "Philip's benefit." She feels herself wondering about Judith's intentions towards Philip. Despite Mrs. Bentley's worries, she continues to invite Judith to supper.
Furthermore, it is ironic that Mrs. Bentley in her desire to become closer to Philip ends up becoming sick during a walk in the rain and Philip ends up being taken care of by Judith. Mrs. Bentley is constantly trying to bring their love back to the way it once was by going for walks as they once did, when they were first married. On one such occasion, shortly after Steve was taken away, Philip said "you like walking in a drizzle, don't you?" This walk leads Mrs. Bentley to getting sick and summoned to bed by the doctor. Philip relies on Judith to look after the cleaning and cooking while she was sick.
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