Chapters 5 and 6 Summary and Analysis
Milly Theale, an American heiress, and her traveling companion, Mrs. Susan Stringham, are making the European tour, and are now in Switzerland. Milly, twenty-two, has lost her entire family and is in mourning. Mrs. Stringham has also lost her family and makes her living as a writer of short stories. To Milly, Mrs. Stringham represents “culture,” something that Milly is hungry for. It is for this reason that Milly has invited Mrs. Stringham to accompany her on a protracted tour of Europe. Mrs. Stringham agrees, as there is something about Milly that draws people along.
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean, they tour through the Mediterranean ports, up through Italy, and across the Alps....
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