Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
London is home to many bachelors, including Ronald Bridges, a thirty-seven-year-old epileptic who works as an assistant curator at a small handwriting museum. One Saturday morning, he meets his friend Martin Bowles, a thirty-five-year-old lawyer. After completing some shopping, they stop at a coffeehouse, where they spot a thin, anxious-looking man of about fifty-five talking with a young girl. Martin tells Ronald not to stare at the couple because next week he will be prosecuting the man, whose name is Patrick Seton. Patrick, a spiritualistic medium, is charged with fraudulent conversion and forgery and is under orders to report to the police daily. Ronald looks slightly ill and says that he wants to search for his newspaper, so Martin leaves. Actually, Ronald thinks he recognizes Patrick from somewhere and is trying to assure himself that his epilepsy is not causing him to lose his memory. Experimental treatment in America was not successful, but he learned to control his attacks, even to the point of being able to order a beer when his bachelor friends Walter Prett, Matthew Finch, and Ewart Thornton gather at a pub.
In addition to the legal charges, Patrick has personal problems. Alice, his girlfriend, is pregnant. Despite her friend Elsie’s admonishments, she steadfastly defends Patrick and wants him to divorce his wife and marry her before the baby is born. Alice is a dependent person and believes that Patrick, by taking charge of her insulin...
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