Study Guide

Angle of Repose Part 4, Chapter 10

By Wallace Stegner

Part 4, Chapter 10

  • Susan becomes a paranoid mess when Ollie gets sick. She spends her days wandering around the house in a daze, unable to focus on anything but her son's health.
  • Finally, after about six weeks, Ollie gets better. Huzzah. Seeing the mental toll that this ordeal has taken on his wife, Oliver gives Susan a "sleeping draught" to help her relax (4.10.10).
  • Although she debates whether or not to take it, Susan finally gives in. She doesn't wake up for 16 hours.
  • Oliver then reveals that he has sent Pricey back home to England to live with his family. This makes Susan sad, but she's pretty sure that Oliver made the right decision.
  • Susan and Oliver discuss how bad things have been in Leadville lately. Oliver tells Susan that he might have scored a sweet gig in Mexico: the bigwigs want him to see if an old mine in Michoacán is still viable.
  • Susan and Oliver will have to take Ollie back to Milton, but anything is better than what's happening now.
  • Finally, Susan gives the word—it's on like Donkey Kong.