Chapter 4 Summary

I Run a Great Danger in the House of Shaws

Though it began poorly, the day was good—except for the food. All Balfour eats is porridge, cold or hot, and beer. Their conversation is limited, but Davie enjoys reading the books he finds. In one flyleaf, Davie sees that his father gave this book to his brother Ebenezer on Ebenezer’s fifth birthday. Something is strange, for a younger sibling (which is what Ebenezer claims Alexander was) is unlikely to have written such a fine inscription. Davie asks Balfour about it at dinner and the answer confuses the young boy even further.

Then Davie asks if Ebenezer and Alexander were twins. Balfour’s reaction is strange and immediate; Balfour says...

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