Study Guide

Angle of Repose Part 3, Chapter 4

By Wallace Stegner

Part 3, Chapter 4

  • Susan and Mrs. Elliott are in a carriage after delivering Christmas presents to neighbors and friends.
  • Suddenly, Mrs. Elliott accuses Susan of making all of the decisions in her marriage. For example, she claims that Oliver doesn't have any interest in this whole cement business.
  • Susan defends herself, arguing that she and Oliver make their decisions as a couple. Furthermore, she's the one who's paying rent, which is evidence that they have a fairly equal relationship.
  • Upon hearing this, Mrs. Elliott says that "it's worse than [she] thought" (3.4.34).