Study Guide

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Chapter 4

By Helen Simonson

Chapter 4

  • Thursday morning, the Major wakes up. He's disappointed it's raining, because he wanted to ask Mrs. Ali for a walk after their errands.
  • When the phone rings, the Major fears it's Mrs. Ali calling to cancel—because we guess she's made of sugar and will melt in the rain—but it's his friend Alec wanting to play golf. The Major reschedules for next week.
  • By two in the afternoon, the rain has stopped, and Mrs. Ali arrives to take the Major on his errand.
  • On the way, the Major and Mrs. Ali talk about books—litrachuh! to be precise: classics like Guy de Maupassant and Samuel Johnson.
  • Mrs. Ali drops the major off at Tewkesbury and Teale, solicitors, to speak with Mortimer Teale about Bertie's will.
  • The Major is the executor, so it's his job to see that everything is properly carried out. No big deal, except for the fact that the guns aren't mentioned at all.
  • Mortimer suggests the Major have a "friendly chat" (4.74) with his brother's widow about the matter. But the says that if there should be a "conflict of interest" (4.76), the Major'll have to find someone else to act as executor.
  • The Major is not happy. He hopes there won't be any problems. You wouldn't like the Major when he's angry.

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