Ruth Hall and Other Writings - Chapters XXXI - XL Summary & Analysis

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Chapters XXXI - XL Summary

Chapter XXXI describes Harry's funeral. There is a slow funeral procession, the coffin is lifted from the hearse, and Harry is buried beside his daughter Daisy.

The character of Biddy McPherson makes a brief entrance in Chapter XXXII. She is the nursery maid for Katy and Nettie, but Ruth has to let her go after Harry dies, because she can no longer afford to pay her. Biddy is very devoted and offers to work without wages, but Ruth will not allow it. Biddy gives a tearful goodbye to the two girls, running from the room with her apron hiding her face.

In Chapter XXXIII, the scene is back at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Hall. Mr. Ellet pays them a visit and they quarrel over who should financially care for Ruth and her children. Each man...

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