Ragtime - Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4. Mother’s Younger Brother’s obsession with Evelyn Nesbit grows stronger. Evelyn Nesbit contemplates her husband, Harry K. Thaw, and his fate. A violent man, he has little chance of persuading a jury that he was temporarily insane when he killed Stanford White. Because of his wealth and celebrity status, Harry K. Thaw receives much better treatment than the average prisoner at the Tombs. Evelyn Nesbit, despite knowing her husband to be guilty, plays the dutiful wife and continues to proclaim Thaw’s innocence.

Chapter 5. Harry Houdini happens to be at the Tombs, the prison where Harry K. Thaw resides while awaiting trial. Houdini challenges the warden’s statement that the cells are secure and performs an escape from one such cell. During the escape, Houdini encounters Harry K. Thaw and experiences an unsettling moment. However, it is not until later that Houdini actually learns the...

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