The Talented Mr. Ripley - Chapter 25 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 25 Summary

The next morning, Tom is awakened early by a messenger with a telegram from Mr. Greenleaf, saying he has decided to come to Rome after all, and will arrive about noon. When he arrives, Mr. Greenleaf is solemn and pale, but treats Tom with a hearty goodwill. Greenleaf insists on checking into a hotel instead of staying with Tom, but accepts an invitation to lunch. Tom is his old self-effacing self around the older man. Marge and Mr. Greenleaf are very friendly, although Marge insists she did not know him until he came to Rome. Tom can see that Marge still harbors hopes of becoming Mr. Greenleaf's daughter-in-law.

The Italian police have not found anything more out. According to Greenleaf, they are as useless as old women are. Mr. Greenleaf has hired an American private detective to straighten matters out. At first, Tom is slightly concerned, but...

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