Part 1, April 15 Summary
Dawsey Adams is not sure what ails Adelaide Addison. Isola Pribby’s theory is that she is a blight because she enjoys being a blight. It gives her a sense of destiny. The one good thing Addison did in her letter of destruction was demonstrate how much Adams enjoys reading Charles Lamb’s writing.
The biography has arrived and out of impatience he has been reading too quickly; he will go back and reread more slowly so he can ingest everything more thoroughly. Adams appreciates Lamb’s ability to take something familiar and turn it into something fresh and beautiful. In fact, Adams feels more at home in Lamb’s London than he does in his own home town right now.
He does have difficulty imagining how Lamb...
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