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Angle of Repose Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 7, Chapter 6 Summary

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Book 7, Chapter 6 Summary

Narrator Lyman Ward admits he is weary of the litany of defeats for his grandparents that corrode their affections for each other. He skips forward to a day in 1888 when Oliver gets a letter from Major John Wesley Powell, new director of the U.S. Geological Survey, offering him a position doing survey work in the Snake River Basin of Idaho, where he had already worked. Exuberant, Susan demands he take the job and promise her that he will quit drinking. She points out to him that Frank Sergeant doesn't drink, and Oliver takes offense, telling her that maybe she'd prefer it if he were Frank.

Book 7, Chapter 6 Analysis

Strained practically to the breaking point, the Ward's marriage gets a reprieve in the form of a job offer for Oliver. Deep-seated jealousies and resentments pour out even in the face of good news. Oliver resents...

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