The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin

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What is Angela Wexler's connection with Sam Westing in The Westing Game?

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Angela Wexler is Sam Westing’s grand-niece and she looks like his daughter.

Grace Wexler, Angela’s mother, claims that Sam Westing is her uncle.  This makes sense, because Grace Wexler looks like Sam Westing’s daughter, who is deceased.  If Grace is Westing’s niece, that makes Angela his grand-niece. 

Angela is “golden-haired” and “angel-faced” (Ch. 3).  She is getting married to Denton Deere.  She is her mother’s pawn, doing whatever her mother tells her to do.  This is in contrast to her sister Turtle, who is independent and boisterous.  Turtle believes that her sister doesn’t really want to get married.  Angela feels like everyone only cares about her fiancé, as if she doesn’t exist without him.

Flora, the dressmaker, is the one who makes the connection between Angela and Sam Westing.

“Angela will make such a beautiful bride. Funny how she reminds me of her.”

“Angela reminds you of your daughter?” the judge asked.

“Oh my, no. Angela reminds me of another young girl I made a wedding dress for: Violet Westing.” (Ch. 13)

Angela is tormented by her coming wedding, and how it will end her future.  Their stories are very similar.  Violet was forced into a marriage by her mother too.  She was supposed to marry George Theodorakis, but she committed suicide.  This is why George Theodorakis and his family are there.  He is not exactly an heir, but close because he would have been.  Theodorakis runs the café.

Violet Westing's death destroyed her father.  Her mother clearly was deeply affected too.  She lives under the name of Crow.  Westing wanted to be close to all of his family members.  Since his daughter died, he had been lonely and lost.  Sometimes being rich isn't everything.  Angela chooses not to get married, thus preventing her from making the same mistake Violet did or ending up the same way—dead.

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