Chapter 31 Summary

The more Archer attempts to figure out why Ellen has decided to stay at Mrs. Mingott’s home, the less he understands. He cannot fix on a reason that makes sense to him. He feels sure that Ellen did not agree to the arrangement out of financial necessity. Although her allowance had been diminished, Archer knows that Ellen can live on a smaller budget. He has seen all her financial records and knows she has enough money to keep both herself and her aunt housed and fed. Ellen does not need the extravagances that the other women in the family deem necessities.

Archer can only conclude that Ellen’s reason for returning to New York must have something to do with him. She had told them that they must remain apart, but he...

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