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

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Book 3, Chapter 1 Summary

Lyman Ward becomes engulfed in the domestic problems of his typist, Shelly, when she and her mother, Ada, his housekeeper, argue over Shelly's safety. Shelly has come to live with her mother in Grass Valley after leaving her hippie boyfriend in Berkeley, who has threatened her with violence although he professes to believe in gentleness. His involvement with drugs appears to be the cause of his erratic behavior, and their argument ensues after the boyfriend shows up in Grass Valley looking for Shelly. The narrator admits being shocked by this braless, free spirited young woman who snickers derisively at his grandmother's use of the term "cundrums." Lyman Ward confesses he prefers the simplicity of the 19th century to the chaos of the 20th.

Book 3, Chapter 1 Analysis

The juxtaposition of the Lyman Ward's historical research and writing with the present helps to propel the...

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