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Angle of Repose Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 1, Chapter 3 Summary

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Book 1, Chapter 3 Summary

Lyman Ward meets and hires his housekeeper daughter, Shelly Rasmussen, as his typist/transcriptionist. Shelly is staying with her mother as a respite from her husband. Narration describes the husband, who lives in Berkeley, as a drug-addled hippie who allows his wife to support him. Ward finds Shelly a forceful if sometimes irritating personality with a "Santa Claus laugh and a voice like the first mate of a lumber schooner."

Book 1, Chapter 3 Analysis

This brief chapter serves to introduce Shelly Rasmussen, who later plays a large role in the life and work of the narrator, not just as his typist but also as his interlocutor with whom he exchanges ideas and opinions. She also becomes a kind of de facto editor who raises questions about his manuscript as she types, and debates questions of style and meaning with Ward. This is the first...

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