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Short Summary of Winesburg Ohio Prologue The Book of the Grotesque An old writer hired a carpenter to raise his bed level with the windows The carpenter wept telling the old writer about his brothers death Lying in bed the old writers thoughts of dying made him more alive He dreamt of versions of people he had known and wrote a book entitled The Book of the Grotesque He wrote that the world had been filled by thoughts which man made into beautiful truths The figures grasped one of the truths as absolute This decision transformed the figure into a grotesque and truth into a lie Hands Wing Biddlebaum lived isolated from town life He would hear ghostly voices and spoke closely only with George Willard Wing tried desperately to hide his hands One day Wing revealed his hands without noticing and caressed Georges shoulder while talking Suddenly Wing ran quickly home Wing had previously been a school teacher named Adolf Myers who was loved by the boys he taught He spoke of dreams and touched their shoulders One boy invented unspeakable things and the town drove out Adolf He moved to Winesburg and was ashamed by his innocent hands Paper Pills Doctor Reefy was an old man with large knuckles After his girl-wifes death he would sit in his office and write thoughts on paper The thoughts formed balls in his pockets until he developed a truth The truth grew to terrible proportions before Doctor Reefy began again The girl visited the Doctor because she was pregnant After her parents death suitors had pounced upon her Once she had visited Doctor Reefy she did not want to leave They married in the fall The Doctor read his little scraps of paper to her before she died that spring Mother Elizabeth and Tom Willard owned the New Willard House As a girl Elizabeth was passionate Some disease had since dulled her
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