The Past - The Past, Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 1, it is 1968 and Sophy Fellowes is tending her garden when a car pulls up containing her daughter Jill, with Harriet, Roland, and Alice. Sophy is surprised to see them, but Jill says that they impulsively boarded a train then a bus to get to Kington to stay for a while. Over tea, Sophy asks Jill where her husband, Tom Crane, is but he is in France attending political demonstrations.

After Jill bathes the children and put them to bed, her father Reverend Grantham Fellowes comes home from visiting his sick and elderly parishioners. He is excited to see Jill and calls her Charlie, the nickname he had given her as a child. Harriet wakes up and notices the differences between living in London and being at Kington. she gets up to use the bathroom, but she accidentally leaves the window...

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