Chapter 47 Summary

Thomas Stone remains in his son’s room until after midnight. Marion has forgotten he is even there, as he finds himself transported by the sound of his father’s voice to a past that happened before his birth. He believes his father could have a vision of his mother, just as he has seen and felt her in the office behind the autoclave room. Only when the voice stops is Marion conscious of Thomas Stone’s presence. “The silence afterward was terrible.”

Thomas Stone saves the surgery program at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour by making it an affiliate of his hospital in Boston. A signature on paper makes it so, but each month Stone sends residents and medical students there to do a rotation. Our Lady residents have...

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