The Letter and Chapters 1-5
• Mr. Markham writes a letter to a friend.
• Mrs. Graham, a widow, moves in next door to Mr. Markham.
• Mr. Markham and his family become friends with Mrs. Graham.
• Mr. Markham looks through some of Mrs. Graham's paintings, which seems to bother her.
• Mrs. Graham changes back and forth between being annoyed with Mr. Markham to enjoying his company.
• Mrs. Graham plans a trip to the shore to do a sketch.
• Eliza repeats gossip she heard about Mrs. Graham not being a widow.
• Mr. Markham begins to dislike Eliza.
• Mrs. Graham is upset about the rumors circulating about her.
• Mr. Markham overhears Mrs. Graham and Mr. Lawrence talking about their affair.
• Mr. Markham hits Mr. Lawrence.
• Mrs. Graham gives Mr. Lawrence her diary in order to explain her relationship with Mr. Lawrence.
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