Summary (Masterplots II: British and Commonwealth Fiction Series)
I for One is written as a series of diary entries kept by Katherine, a schoolteacher, over the course of the five months following her father’s death. Katherine seems to be in her thirties and lives at home with her mother. The death of Katherine’s father has left both women curiously unaffected, except that it has caused Katherine to take up her diary again after a ten-year hiatus. Katherine is disturbed by her mother’s apparent stoicism and believes it to be the product of a denial of the terrible loss. She is shocked, then, to discover that her mother is, in fact, relieved at the man’s parting, that she had loathed him for years. This is the first of many occasions on which Katherine displays a naivete which both disturbs her and remains her great comfort.
On a rare social outing, Katherine is introduced to Dr. Hubert Nock, an American psychologist who captivates her with his fine manners and interesting conversation. Katherine finds one of his stories particularly moving, a story about a boy who was extremely nearsighted. Not until the boy grew older did people recognize the true nature of his problem, which was easily corrected. Previously, they had thought him simply dull-witted. With his sight corrected, for the first time in his life the boy was able to gaze out into the world, “lost in the wonder of it all.” The clear implication is that Katherine herself suffers from a kind of myopia, a failure to see reality clearly....
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