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The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin
Angela Wexler Timeline and Summary
Angela first appears when she's being fitted for her wedding dress and notices smoke coming from the Westing house. She offers to help Turtle with her witch costume. At the first will reading, she's paired up with Sydelle. When everyone's snowbound, Angela and Sydelle meet with the other tenants, and then work on evaluating the clues they've gathered; they seem to have more than anyone else. At the judge's party, Angela doesn't wear her wedding ring – she says she's got a rash – and is humiliated by her mother when Grace makes her leave to go change her clothes. She goes into the kitchen and cries. She and Sydelle go to the heir meeting in the coffee shop, where the first bomb explodes. She and Turtle then squabble about a newspaper she borrowed, and Angela realizes Turtle depends on her braid the same way Sydelle depends on her crutch. The bomber sets off a second bomb. At dinner in the Chinese restaurant, Angela admits to Theo that she had wanted to be a doctor, but dropped out of school. When the second bomb goes off, Sydelle is injured and Angela is really worried. When Dr. Deere takes her to visit Sydelle in the hospital, he and Angela argue about whether she even wants to get married at all. The third bomb goes off during Angela's bridal shower: it's a present that explodes while she's opening it. She keeps Turtle from getting hurt by it, but it burns her hands and cuts her face. In the hospital, Turtle visits and reminds her of how she used to say inner beauty was more important than outer. Turtle also cautions her not to admit to the bombings. Meanwhile, Angela collects more clues from anonymous sources and from Chris. She and Sydelle work on figuring their clues out and come up with "America." From there, they figure out the clue, "Amber." But their answer's not right at the second will reading, just like all the other heirs' aren't. After the dust settles from the Westing game, Angela breaks up with Dr. Deere and goes back to college. Five years later, she's in the middle of med school and runs into Dr. Deere again. They start going back out. At the end of the book, she and Dr. Deere are married, and have a daughter, Alice.