Ironweed - Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

William Kennedy
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Chapter 3 Summary

After they leave the bar, Rudy disappears to find a flophouse for the night. Helen and Francis walk Pee Wee back to the shelter, intending to get a room at Palombo's Hotel with the wages Francis earned that day. When they arrive at the mission, they find Sandra lying dead where they'd left her, half eaten by some mongrel dogs which roam the streets. As Francis and Pee Wee examine the body, a group of trick-or-treaters surrounds Helen, jeering at her and poking her with a stick. The masked kids steal her purse and run off into the night, despite Pee Wee and Francis' efforts to chase them. When they return to Helen's side, she is distraught because, not only were Francis' wages in her purse, there was also fifteen dollars. She had saved this money secretly when Francis' son Billy had given...

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