Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter I Abstract
* Bartley Hubbard, reporter for The Events, meets Silas Lapham in Lapham's private office for an interview about Lapham for the paper's Solid Men of Boston series.
* Lapham tells Hubbard he was born in Vermont on a farm and his family was very poor, but Lapham credits his mother with...
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