Alias Grace Chapters 50-53 Summary & Analysis

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Alias Grace

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Alias Grace Chapters 50-53 Summary & Analysis

Part XIV: The Letter X

Chapter 50 Summary

This chapter consists of letters that describe what happens to Simon and Grace after 1859. The letters include Grace writing to Simon asking him to write a letter to the government in her favor, and a letter from Simon to his friend Edward Murchie, in January 1860, explaining that Simon has nearly had a nervous breakdown over the whole Grace Marks affair.

Grace Marks also writes to Jeremiah, now called Signor Geraldo Ponti, in September 1861, having seen a poster with him on it performing under that name. She relates that Lydia married Reverend Verringer, after being very upset at Simon’s sudden departure. Dora told many stories about Simon and Mrs. Humphreys, and their affair became public knowledge. She also laments that Simon never gave her the help he promised her.

Simon’s mother writes to Mrs. Humphrey in May 1862, in response to Mrs. Humphrey’s many letters to Simon. Simon was a military surgeon in the Civil War; he retained a head injury and has nearly died. He has lost parts of his memory and may never recover.

In October 1867, Reverend Verringer writes to Dr. Bannerling, explaining the results of Grace’s hypnotism and asking him to support her pardon petition. Dr. Bannerling writes back that Grace is where she belongs and that hypnotism is a sham.

Part XV: The Tree of Paradise 

Chapter 51 Summary

Grace is pardoned in 1872. She narrates this chapter as if she is talking to Simon Jordan again. Grace was in prison for nearly 29 years, and she doesn’t know where she will go or how she will survive. A second-hand wardrobe is put together from donations, by the Warden’s daughter, Janet, who also helps Grace find a new home.

Chapter 52 Summary

Grace is set free; the Warden and his daughter accompany Grace to her new home in Ithaca, New York, USA. Grace asks questions about where they are going and whether she will be a servant in this new home. Janet says her new home is a secret and a surprise, concerning a gentleman Grace knows.

Grace is greeted at the train station by…

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