The Goldfinch - Part IV, Chapter 9: Everything of Possibility Summary & Analysis

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In section i, eight years later, on Madison Avenue in New York, Theo runs into Platt Barbour, who discloses that his father, Mr. Barbour, and his brother, Andy, have died in a sailing accident.

In section ii, Theo and Platt go to a bar, discussing the details behind Mr. Barbour’s bipolar disorder, his trouble at Harvard Law School, his arrests, and his death of hypothermia off the coast of Northeast Harbor.

In section iii, Theo visits Mrs. Barbour at the apartment, where he likens Mrs. Barbour’s room to the Sargasso Sea.

In section iv, Platt tells Theo about Tom Cable’s thievery, smoking pot, and dating Kitsey.

In section v, Theo walks home from the Barbours and ponders during springtime in New York, which is when his mother died. Theo thinks how Hobie has made him a...

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