In Chaper 7, how does Wilson look "unforgivably guilty...just got some poor girl with child" and why was Tom suddenly sending for the car?I don't understand how the quote is significant...

In Chaper 7, how does Wilson look "unforgivably guilty...just got some poor girl with child" and why was Tom suddenly sending for the car?

I don't understand how the quote is significant or special in any specific way. also, why the author worded or even said this, so his purpose of doing so.

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wilson, in this section of chapter 7, has just told Tom that he found out something "funny" has been going on.  In other words, Wilson discovered that Myrtle was cheating on him.  Wilson is a simple man with a simple view of life.  He put his complete trust in Myrtle when they married and naively assumed she did the same.  He can hardly understand the idea of infidelity, let alone the reality of it, so what Myrtle has done has made him physically ill.  This has also made him feel guilty because in his innocence, he feels that somehow he is to blame for Myrtle's infidelity.  Tom can see how this has made Wilson feel and since Tom knows he is the one with whom Myrtle is having an affair, he feels some guilt.  It is this guilt which drives him to tell Wilson he will finally send the car to him that Wilson has wanted.  This is one of the few times we see Tom show some regard for someone else; he's usually very self-centered. 

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