Ragtime - Study Guide Part 2, Chapters 14 and 15 Summary & Analysis

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Father returns to New Rochelle from his expedition to find a household that is much different from the one he left a year ago. Mother is holding a Negro baby, whose mother is living in an attic room, and Little Boy is now becoming a young man. Father's weight loss while on the trip has reduced him to almost skeletal proportions, which he can view in the mirror newly installed in the bathroom. In spite of his diminished features, Mother is most attentive with a newfound lustiness that both surprises and pleases Father.

Younger Brother's melancholy is more exaggerated now, after the break up of his affair with Evelyn, and the young man spends most of his time at the fireworks company where he has developed a spherical explosive called the Cherry Bomb. Younger Brother takes Father to the testing field one day...

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