Summary and Analysis Section 9

The conclusion of Section Eight leaves the reader uncomfortably anticipating how Frank will continue his relationship with the Bobers and, consequently, how he will solve his quest for salvation. The rift between Morris and Frank seems irreparable. With great skill, however, Malamud interweaves resolutions for the painful destinies of Ward […]

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Character List

Frank Alpine The protagonist; his regeneration organizes the plot; twenty-five years old. Helen Bober The only living child of Morris and Ida Bober; a love object to Frank Alpine; twenty-three years old. Morris Bober The owner of a small, failing grocery store; he is largely responsible for the regeneration of […]

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