Florida - Part 4: Arthur - Mother Summary & Analysis

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Part 4: Arthur - Mother Summary

Arthur has died. He was driving a woman who had suffered a burn injury to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, Arthur felt unwell, pulled over, and died on the side of the road.

Alice returns to Uncle Billy's for Arthur's funeral. Alice openly criticizes Uncle Billy and Aunt Frances for not burying Arthur in the family plots. Uncle Billy and Aunt Frances defend themselves, claiming that they took care of Arthur in his ailing years, and that his funeral arrangements were already costing them a great deal.

On yet another summer trip to visit Mother in California, Alice and Mother talk about Father and the circumstances of his death. Although Uncle Billy believes that it was suicide, Mother refuses to believe it. Alice also discovers that Mother has been fabricating stories about Father's past...

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