Decline and Fall - Part 1: Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 13, the marriage of Captain Grimes and Miss Florence Fagan occurs in a rather haphazard way, and Dr. Fagan does not attend. No proper arrangements have been made for their accommodation, and the Captain is left suspended half below and half above stairs. He confesses a need to escape, not because of Flossie, who has “hardly been any trouble at all,” but because of her snobbish father, who does not let him forget how far he has come up the social ladder—or how far Flossie has fallen down it. He gets increasingly depressed.

Two policemen arrive in search of Philbrick to arrest him for “false pretenses and impersonation,” but the butler just makes his escape. Shortly after, a local lad comes up to the house carrying a small pile of Grimes’s clothes with a note for the doctor indicating he has committed...

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