Chapter 30 Summary

That evening, Archer is home alone with May. She looks pale and tired to him. May asks him what became of him. She had waited at Mrs. Mingott’s for him and felt surprised when Ellen arrived by herself. May wants to know if there was something wrong. Archer makes up an excuse and says he had some letters to attend to at the office.

Through the rest of the evening, Archer feels annoyed. He chooses to read a history book because if he had picked up a book of poems, May would have wanted him to read aloud. He knows that May has no interest in history. Then he paces the room, claiming the air is stuffy. When he opens a window to the winter cold, May warns him that he might catch his “death.” Archer thinks to himself...

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