Chapter 4 Summary

On the day after the ball, Archer, May, and May’s mother go to visit Mrs. Mingott. Archer always enjoys Mrs. Mingott’s company. She is a large woman in her old age, so big in size that she finds it difficult to move. She is stationed in the living room of her home on a wide sofa, as if she were sitting on a throne. Because she is unable to climb the stairs, her bedroom is set up in a downstairs room, which is visible to her guests. The arrangement is unusual and so is the topic of much gossip.

In her younger days, Mrs. Mingott had been a plump but active woman. However, the immense amount of flesh she carries now has turned her into something people refer to as a “natural phenomenon.” The positive result of all...

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