A Sudden Light - Chapters 12-15 Summary & Analysis

Garth Stein
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In Chapter 12, Trevor visits the library to research Teddy Roosevelt and the timber baron era. He and his friends, Trevor learns, were great conservationists and also spiritualists. Trevor further learns that the subject of Ben Riddell and his sexuality even made a Seattle newspaper in 1903. Trevor asks the librarian about what life would be like for a homosexual male at the turn of the century; he learns it was very common, and that especially in the wealthy families, a man would marry a woman for a financial partnership, just like with Ben Riddell and his proposed marriage to J.J. Jordan’s daughter Alice. However, it is clear from the old newspapers that Ben died before the marriage took place, and also that Elijah went ahead with the railroad merger and doubled his fortune.

In Chapter 13, Trevor asks his father for more information...

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