90 pages 3 hours read

Amor Towles

The Lincoln Highway

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2021

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Part 8: “Three”

Part 8, Chapter 40 Summary: “Woolly”

With Sarah’s house to themselves for the weekend, Duchess has decided to make dinner for everyone, enlisting Billy’s help in the preparations. Woolly, in the meantime, has decided to alphabetize his sister’s spice rack, marveling at the number of spices and pondering the possibilities related to the origins of their names. Moving through the spices, when he reaches the last row, Woolly notices an anomaly among the spice jars. Interrupting Woolly’s reverie, Duchess asks where Billy has gone, and they discover that Billy has returned to the grandfather clock as Duchess suspected. Having told Billy that Emmett would return by 8 pm in time for supper, Billy had been taking intermittent trips to the clock to check the time. When the phone rings and Woolly answers it, he hears the angry voice of his sister Kaitlin on the line asking if it’s him, and Woolly promptly hangs up. He then removes the receiver and places it in a desk drawer, ensuring that they would not be interrupted by further calls. When the doorbell rings just before 8 pm, Duchess and Billy rush to answer it, followed shortly thereafter by Woolly.

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