Human Croquet Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

I. Beginning: Streets of Trees

* "Human Croquet" is set in England in the 1960s and covers a brief period of time in the main narrator's life.

* Narration gives a brief history of the establishment of Fairfax Manor around 1580 near the village of Lythe.

* Fairfax marries Lady Fairfax, who births a son and is fond of walking in the woods, where she disappears one day never to return.

* Fairfax Manor is abandoned soon after Francis Fairfax dies in 1605.

* The Fairfax family fortune increased and decreased over time in regard to the prevailing economic climate.

* In the twentieth century, houses are built where Fairfax Manor once stood, and the Fairfax family buys one of the houses.

* Isobel gives a short history of the recent Fairfax family, and she closes the chapter by reintroducing herself.

II. Present: Something Weird

* Isobel describes herself as large and not attractive; it is her 16th...

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