Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
After a long illness, from which she was not expected to recover, Anthony’s wife, a woman in her fifties, feels that she has been given another chance to make herself worthy of heaven. To show her gratitude for this second chance, she dresses herself in her wedding gown, which is also to be her shroud, and goes to church the first Sunday morning she is able. Before she goes, she and her daughter Clara have a heart-to-heart talk, during which the mother discloses her fears about her son, Karl, who spends too much time drinking and playing and not enough time working steadily. The mother feels that his attitudes and his conduct are her fault, but still she refuses to believe he is really a bad young man.
The mother also raises the subject of Leonard, a poor young clerk who has visited Clara regularly but has not been seen for a while. Shortly after Clara’s mother leaves for church, Leonard comes to see Clara and explains that he has not seen her for two weeks for a particular reason. During that time he has been attentive to the mayor’s daughter in an effort to get himself a job as clerk for the city. Leonard also accuses her of being in love with another man even though, a very short time before, Clara had given herself to Leonard to prove her love. After they have straightened out the situation, Leonard tells Clara he has come to ask her father for her hand in marriage. Clara assures him that they must soon be married, lest her sin is to show. Even...
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