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THE WESTING GAME - LESSON PLANS / CHAPTER NOTES
Denton Deere says he cannot help Chris Theodorakis, as he's an intern specializing in plastic surgery. Chris doesn't care, he just wants to play the game with the intern. He knows Deere will keep returning as long as he doesn't sign the check, so he continues to refuse to do that. In the lobby, Angela continues embroidering her trousseau, waiting for Denton. Theo comes in with a stack of library books: he has traced the quote "May God thy gold refine" to the third stanza of "America, the Beautiful". He begins by reading the stanza but finds himself singing it. Angela thanks him when Doctor Deere comes to pick her up; Theo asks him for a game of chess but is ignored. Sandy opens the door for them, whistling "America, the Beautiful".
Denton and Angela argue about Sydelle Pulaski, who Denton thinks is
crazy for claiming to have a wasting disease she doesn't truly have. Denton
called a psychiatrist to check on Sydelle and is concerned about how troubled
Angela has been recently. Angela knows she doesn't want to marry Denton
but doesn't want to hurt his feelings or her mother's; she wonders how
they'll react when everyone finds out she isn't perfect. Angela talks
to the psychiatrist after he sees Sydelle: he says Ms. Pulaski is fine
and that the crippling disease was just to get some attention, which he
considers harmless. Angela talks to Sydelle: she tells her partner that
it's a simple fracture and that her crippling disease is incurable but
cold have a remission of five years or more. This leaves Sydelle reassured.
Angela brought Sydelle's makeup and as she checks her bag for it she finds
a letter asking for forgiveness with two clues taped at the bottom, THY
The heirs continue to search for answers, each using their own idiosyncratic interpretations of their clues. Sandy gives a convincing reason for his mildly disfigured face, which helps obscure that the disfigurement came from Sam Westing's accident. Because his self-image is tied so deeply into his job as a plastic surgeon intern, Denton misunderstands Chris' intentions in not signing the check; Chris doesn't seek a cure, but simply wants to continue playing the game. The possibility of a Theo-Angela romance continues to bloom, while the new-found depth of Angela's friendship with Sydelle is evident in her decision to accommodate her partner's strange behavior. The clues Angela finds in her bag are from Crow, who has taken a special interest in her.
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