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The Mystery Summary & Study Guide

This Study Guide consists of approximately 22 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Mystery.
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Line 1

The first line of Glück's "The Mystery" foretells the poem's outcome. After taking the reader through the trying recollections of depression and loss, the speaker survives the dark side of her life to become "a creature of light." This line would work just as well as a last line, for it serves as the resolution to the speaker's—Glück's, actually— problem.

Lines 6-8

Line 6 parallels line 2, but it narrows down the description of where the poet is sitting: "in a folding chair" in the driveway, reading a mystery novel. The fact that she is "reading Nero Wolfe for the twentieth time" is ironic in that one does not usually read the same mystery over and over. After all, the excitement of a "whodunit" is over when the reader knows who committed the crime and how. But that is precisely why Glück...

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