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Angela's Ashes Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 16 Summary

Frank McCourt
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Chapter 16 Summary

Mrs. O'Connell gives Frank a telegram for Mr. Harrington, a retired Englishman, who married an Irish woman. Mrs. Harrington died of consumption. Frank learns that delivering sympathy telegrams is a waste because they rarely result in a tip. He also learns that the telegram boys are often asked to pray over the dead, but are not usually fed. While at the Harrington home, Frank is ordered to pray over Harrington's dead wife. Harrington rants drunkenly about the Irish, as he forces Frank to drink sherry and eat a ham sandwich. Frank is half drunk, when Harrington orders him to stay with his wife so that he can go to the pub for another bottle of whiskey.

When Frank is left alone with the corpse, he tries to baptize Mrs. Harrington with sherry. When Frank is baptizing her corpse, Harrington returns and threatens Frank for touching his dead...

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