• The narrator, Phillip Carver, begins the story by explaining the problems of being a widower with middle aged children.
• He relates the stories of two elderly men whose middle-aged children interfered with their plans to marry.
• Phillip's father, George Carver, has begun dating two years after the death of his wife.
• Phillip notes that at first, his sisters are happy about this.
• When George announces his engagement, their tone changes into that of concern.
• His sisters, Betsy and Josephine, call Phillip and ask him to come to Memphis
• Phillip leaves his Manhattan apartment he has shared for twelve years with Holly Kaplan.
• Holly has moved out of the apartment two days earlier.
• Phillip explains that in order to understand Father's current situation, one must understand the history of how the family settled in Memphis.
• The story begins with a betrayal by Father's business partner Lewis Shackleford.
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