Cakes and Ale: Or the Skeleton in the Cupboard - Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

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Days later, Amy Driffield, the widow, writes William, inviting him to spend two or three days and provide copies of her husband's letters. Roy phones, asking to visit, and in the free hour, William recalls his one meeting with Amy,which occurred during a luncheon arranged by Lady Hodmarsh. Ted is shrunken and thin and appears not to recognize William, but gives curious, furtive winks. Amy is anxious that William not stir up painful old memories in the frail old man. Ted cannot get William alone but, answering Hodmarsh's parting question, characterizes William as shy when they knew one another, adding that he taught him to ride a bicycle. On the ride back, Hodmarsh defends Amy as a sacrificial caregiver. They marry after she nurses him in a hospital during a long illness twenty years earlier.

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