Last Updated on October 26, 2018, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 582
Iris narrates this section as she recalls memories of her youth. She is rummaging through an old trunk filled with papers that she claims are Laura’s. Copies of Laura’s book, The Blind Assassin, are in the trunk, as are letters from people who have read Laura’s novel. Iris describes some of these letters as hate mail. When Iris sees the copies of the book, she remembers receiving six of them when the book was first published. She gave one copy to Richard, her husband. She at first assumes Richard probably tore the book into pieces and then burned it. However, she then remembers that Winifred discovered the book next to Richard’s body when he was found dead on his yacht—Winifred had told Iris that it was the book that killed Richard.
As Iris stares down at the contents of the trunk, she wonders what to do with all the manuscripts and letters. She thinks about donating it all to a university. Over the years, she has received letters from scholars who are interested in studying the details of Laura’s life. Iris also wonders if Sabrina, her granddaughter, might want these papers so she could know more about her family. However, Iris worries that if she sent the trunk of materials to Sabrina, she might throw it all away. Iris then comments that she is not responsible for Aimee’s death. Aimee was Iris’s daughter and Sabrina’s mother. Iris offers this statement as a possible reason as to why Sabrina will have nothing to do with her.
On a trip to Toronto, Iris and Walter go to lunch at a café with which Iris is familiar. Iris had once trailed Sabrina to this café. When Aimee died, Winifred gained custody of Sabrina and Iris was denied any contact with her granddaughter. Many years later, when Sabrina was a teenager, Iris had hung out at Sabrina’s school, hoping to gain sight of her. She often sat on a park bench near the school and watched Sabrina with her friends. One day, Iris followed Sabrina to this café. Sabrina had looked at Iris without recognizing her. Iris could tell by the look Sabrina gave her that, to her, Iris was just an...
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