Part 1, January 21-23 Summary
In a letter to Stark, Ashton tells him that traveling on night-trains is a glorious experience once again. During the war, the trains were constantly delayed by troop trains and had to have blackout curtains on all the windows. She feels that during the war everyone seemed like moles scuttling along in their lonely tunnels; now the sight of families simply sitting together at their kitchen table is a delight to her.
At one bookshop, a man was aggressive with Ashton, demanding to know how she, “a mere woman,” dares to desecrate the name of Isaac Bickerstaff, a noted journalist and "the soul of eighteenth-century literature,” who is now dead. Before Ashton could answer, a woman from the back row jumped to her feet...
(The entire section is 667 words.)