Chapters 7-9 Summary

Quoyle meets the staff at the newspaper, where his job has been confirmed. He will write the column called “Shipping News” and will also cover all road accidents. He is not thrilled by either of these assignments. He knows next to nothing about shipping, and car accidents remind him of his wife’s death. But Agnis reminds him that he has obligations to fulfill—in particular, he has children to feed. Quoyle begrudgingly goes to work.

Tert Card, the managing editor, greets Quoyle and introduces him to the rest of the staff. Bill Pretty has been on the staff since the newspaper was started by Jack Buggit, the owner. Pretty is in his seventies and writes the “Home” page, full of local, homey news and gossip. An...

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