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In the novel The Moving Finger, Mabel Barton was the sister of Emily Barton. They were among five sisters who used to live under a tyrannical "Victorian" mother at Little Furze. According to Mr. Pye Mabel had suffered a stroke. Her sister, Emily, looked after her in a devoted manner for some time, until she died. Mr Pye seemed to imply that Mabel was the most recent among the Barton sisters to have died.

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