Chapters 1-4: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Marian McAlpin: main character, narrator

Ainsley Tewce: Marian’s roommate

Peter: Marian’s boyfriend, he is in his articling year as a lawyer

Clara: Marian’s friend from high school and college

Joe: Clara’s husband

Arthur and Elaine: Clara and Joe’s children

Len Slank: college friend of Marian and Clara

Trigger: friend of Peter

Marian and Ainsley’s landlady: unnamed

Landlady’s daughter: unnamed

Marian’s office colleagues:
Mrs. Withers: dietician

Mrs. Grot: accounting clerk

Mrs. Bogue: head of Marian’s department...

(The entire section is 1475 words.)