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.
Chapters One and Two Abstract
* Chapter 1: Mary Panton is staying at a friend's sixteenth century Tuscan villa, where she can see the city of Florence in the distance.
* Mary has recently spent much time with lawyers after her husband's death; her husband had squandered all their money.
* Mary is at the villa to have some alone...
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