Part 14, Chapters 1-3 Summary

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After Laura’s death, Iris began to weave together elements of things Laura had told her in order to come to her own conclusions. She assumed that Richard was the man who got Laura pregnant. With this in mind, Iris wrote a letter to Richard, stating that Laura had confessed the truth. She did not define what that truth was. Instead, she only hinted at the facts in hopes that Richard would confess. Then, in supposed retaliation for Richard’s transgressions, Iris told Richard that she no longer wanted to live with him. She would not file for divorce so he could publicly save face. In exchange for her silence, Richard was to provide her with a set amount of money with which she would find a new place to live for herself and Aimee.

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After sending this letter, Iris moved out of Richard’s house and traveled on the train back to her hometown. She could not stay at the old Chase family home, though, because the house was in very poor shape. No one had been taking care of it. She took some things from the home and promised herself that she would return later for more.

Winifred eventually appeared in town and represented herself as Richard’s messenger. Winifred said Iris must be completely out of her mind with her accusations that Richard had done anything wrong. Iris responded by telling Winifred that she knew what Richard did with Laura. Winifred denied this. However, Iris pointed out that Richard always liked young girls. Richard’s affairs had been with his young secretaries. Iris knew that Winifred was well acquainted with Richard’s mistresses. Iris also told Winifred that Richard had been very clever in getting two young girls at the price of one when he married her and got Laura in the bargain.

Winifred was unused to Iris speaking her mind so forcibly, and she was totally thrown off guard. However, she was able to counter that even though Richard was not guilty of having gotten Laura pregnant, he would meet Iris’s demands for financial support with one condition—he wanted to continue to see Aimee. He had every right to continue with his relationship with his own daughter, Winifred told Iris.

Iris wanted to tell Winifred that Aimee was not Richard’s child, but she refrained. What Iris did tell Winifred was that she could...

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