Chapter 24 Summary

At a converted military pier in Key West, a watchman blocks entrance to a group of yachtsmen trying to get to their boat. Moving past the watchman, Henry Carpenter and Wallace Johnston reach their luxurious yacht and settle down for a drink. They wonder what was the matter with the watchman at the gate, and they speak of Tom Bradley, whom Wallace cannot bear. Wallace also cannot stand Mrs. Bradley. Carpenter objects, saying that he likes Helene because she enjoys a good time. They wonder over the fact that the Bradleys do not have any children, speculating that Tom Bradley is impotent. Wallace says that the Bradleys epitomize everything he hates in either gender. Carpenter says that he is in a bad mood, mainly because he lost three...

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