The Counterlife - Part 4 Gloustershire, pages 220-254 Summary & Analysis

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Part 4 Gloustershire, pages 220-254 Summary

After the funeral, Henry goes to Nathan's apartment building and contacts the landlord. She says that she cannot let him in Nathan's apartment, but some friendly words and forty dollars persuade her to let Henry inside. Henry begins examining Nathan's papers and discovers that Nathan took detailed notes on every conversation he ever had with Henry, including those detailing Henry's extramarital affairs. Henry thinks about how biographers often study the notes of dead novelists, and he begins tearing out pages that mention him.

Henry finds a manuscript titled Draft # 2. He notices that the first section is titled "Basel" and is entirely about him having a fictional heart problem, surgery, and death. As Henry reads further, he notes that Nathan's fictional English wife has the same name as Henry's real Swiss mistress. Henry wonders if Nathan picked the...

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