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The Talented Mr. Ripley - Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16 Summary

Tom/ Dickie waits until nearly 8 p.m., when fewer people are on the streets. He covers Freddie's bloody head with one of Dickie's hats, and checks that Signora Buffi is not in the downstairs hallway. He splashes gin and Pernod on the front of Freddie's shirt, and hoists Freddie as if he is helping a drunken friend, draping one of Freddie's arms over his shoulder. Tom has spent most of the afternoon drinking gin and Pernod, so he has intoxicated enough to act casual transporting a dead body.

Tom stumbles downstairs struggling under the immense weight of Freddie's body. Three or four bystanders walk past just as Tom reaches the street, but no one notices. Tom thinks that is the great thing about Europe; no one meddles. In American, three people would have stopped to help him by now. Just then, a man asks Tom in Italian...

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