But Jane would not have her. Alyce stood before the cottage, eyes stinging and heart sore. She had not thought about this, had thought no further than knocking on Jane’s door and being welcomed. But there it was. Jane would not have her. […]
"I know you do not wish to leave, cat. Nor do I. But there is no place for me here. I tried to come back but failed. She will not have me."
[…] Suddenly she leapt to her feet. […]
"Jane Sharp! It is I, Alyce, your apprentice. I have come back. I can do what you tell me and take what you give me, and I know how to try and risk and fail and try again and not give up. I will not go away."
The door opened.
-Karen Cushman, "The Midwife’s Apprentice"