Gilead - Section 5 (pages 72-85) Summary & Analysis

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Section 5 (pages 72-85) Summary

This section begins with a reference to the impending visit of Boughton's son Jack, whose actual name is John and who was, according to John's narration, named after him. John talks at length about how Jack is Boughton's favorite child, how he's been such a disappointment, and how he's got a story to tell about Jack but will save it for later after he's had a chance to reflect upon it. He then returns to the subject of his ancestry, recalling how his father was born in Kansas but moved to Iowa when he was small and how his mother always kept the Sabbath sacred—that is, she never worked. This leads him to comment on how his wife was glad to learn that "work" didn't mean studying, and consequently read and studied a great deal on Sundays.

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