Lincoln Peters is the husband of Marion Peters and Charlie's brother-in-law. A fair-minded man, he is devoted to his family and is willing to give Charlie the benefit of the doubt about his apparent reform. His home in Paris is "warm and comfortably American,’’ and, as his first name suggests, Lincoln represents the kind of stolid, traditional American that Charlie had ceased to be during his "nightmare" years before the crash. Unlike Charlie, Lincoln had never saved enough money from his job at a Paris bank to invest in the bull market of the 1920s and reap the rewards of the boom's easy money. Charlie describes the Peters's middle-class life succinctly: ‘‘They were not dull people. But they were very much in the grip of life and circumstance.’’
Throughout the story, Lincoln is the only adult who expresses a belief that Charlie has reformed himself. When Charlie explains that part of his program for recovery is to have a single drink every day, Lincoln quickly endorses the idea; when Charlie tells the Peters's that his deepest fear is that he will miss Honoria's childhood entirely, Lincoln sympathizes; and when Marion lashes out at Charlie for swearing, Lincoln takes Charlie's side. Finally, when Marion tells Charlie that she holds him partly responsible for Helen's death, Lincoln tells Charlie ‘‘I never thought you were responsible for that,’’ he says.
Lincoln is the mediator between Marion and Charlie, translating...
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