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Why is Farquhar's death only revealed at the end of the story?

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Peyton Farquhar's death cannot be revealed until the end of the story because so much of the story— almost the entirety of part 3—happens in the moment just before his neck snaps in the noose. In fact, there would be little story to tell were it not for everything that takes place in Farquhar's mind in the seconds just before he reaches the end of his rope. It is through part 3 that the reader...

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