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Why does George Wilson lock Myrtle in the bedroom?

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neri | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2010 at 10:51 AM via web

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Why does George Wilson lock Myrtle in the bedroom?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 3, 2010 at 10:54 AM (Answer #1)

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The answer to this can be found in Chapter 7.  Basically, he thinks that she is having an affiar.  So he locks her in the bedroom.  He tells his neighbor that he is going to keep her there for a couple days.  After that, the two of them are going to leave and go live somewhere else.  This will keep her from resuming her affair.

Of course, it is Tom Buchanan that has been having an affair with Myrtle Wilson.

Later on, Myrtle slips out past George and out of the house.  That is when Daisy runs her over with the car.

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