Chapter 34 Summary

Twenty-six years have gone by. May is dead. Her and Archer’s three children are grown. Their oldest boy, Dallas, is now an architect and calls his father long-distance to invite him to go to Europe for a short trip.

The invitation to travel stirs memories. Archer thinks back over the past decades. He had gone into politics for a short while. The governor of New York had convinced him that the political system needed men such as he. Archer had taken the man’s advice and served in the state assembly but was not re-elected. This convinced him that maybe the governor had been wrong. Archer then returned to writing articles for magazines in attempts to affect politics. Otherwise he had continued his contemplative life....

(The entire section is 681 words.)