Dora Foster; Melvin Foster; Judy Foster; Oogie Pringle; Mrs. Pringle; Mr. Pringle; Mr. Turk; Myrtle; Mrs. Atkins; Mayor Lyons; Randolph Foster
Melvin decides he is too tired to join Dora in visiting a cousin, and lies down for a nap. Judy, not wanting to wake him, goes to Oogie’s house. From an ambiguous comment by Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Pringle assume that Dora has left Melvin, and that Melvin has fallen ill. Before long, dozens of people “know” that the Fosters have split, and they all descend on the Foster house. Melvin wakes to a house full of well-meaning, ill-informed neighbors.