Chapter 9 Summary

Ten days later, Mr. Verloc returns from Europe in a pensive, somber mood. Winnie and Stevie are happy to see him, but he appears thoughtful and depressed. Winnie gives him an update on her mother and his associates, informing him that Michaelis has gone out to the country to work on a book.

Winnie says that Stevie has been agitated ever since her mother left, and she implores Mr. Verloc to spend some time with the boy, telling her husband that Stevie has the utmost respect and fondness for him.

The next day Mr. Verloc is preparing to go out for a walk, and Winnie once again asks him to take Stevie along. Mr. Verloc agrees, and as Mr. Verloc and Stevie head off down the street, Winnie happily thinks how the pair look as if they could be father and son. Later, though, as Mr. Veroc and Stevie spend more and more time together, Winnie notices a change come over Stevie, as if he has been angered by the conversations he overhears between Mr. Verloc and his revolutionary associates.

One evening Mr. Verloc suggests that Stevie go out to the country to stay with Michaelis. He tells Winnie he thinks it would be good for the boy, and so she assents. Promising to take the boy out to the country himself, Mr. Verloc admits that he has grown quite fond of Stevie.

On the day of the Greenwich bombing, Mr. Verloc comes home in a foul temper. Winnie hasn’t heard the news of the bombing, and she asks Mr. Verloc what is the matter. He seems to have come down with a cold, so she prepares tea for him and induces him to get some rest. Mr. Verloc then tells her that he has been to the bank and withdrawn all their money and suggests that they go abroad to live, but Winnie is adamant that she will do no such thing, that they have freedom and relative happiness in London and that it would be foolish for them to leave.

Just then someone enters the shop, and Mr. Verloc goes out to meet him. Afterwards Mr. Verloc comes back in...

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