Summary and Analysis: Sections 1-3, Chapters 1-5

New Characters
Grace Marks: young Canadian maidservant jailed for a murder she can’t recall clearly

Nancy Montgomery: a coworker of Grace’s who is Kinnear’s mistress and is murdered

Mr. Kinnear: the wealthy, unconventional employer of both Grace and Nancy

Governor’s wife: wife of the overseer who runs the prison where Grace is jailed

James McDermott: a stable boy and murderer hanged for killing Mr. Kinnear

Jamie Walsh: a young man who entertains others with his flute music

Mrs. Alderman Parkinson: Grace’s first employer

Mary Whitney: Grace’s close friend and coworker at Mrs. Alderman Parkinson’s

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(The entire section is 1462 words.)