Door knob in his hand

Mother pp.16. “But Elizabeth Willard was not to return to her bed and to sleep. As she stood trembling in the darkness the door of her son’s room opened and the boy’s father, Tom Willard, stepped out. In the light that steamed out at the door he stood with the knob in his hand and talked. What he said infuriated the woman.”


The image of someone standing by the door knob is repeated three times in the story, but only once, here, directly referencing the hand. The other two times it is George Willard “fumbling” at the knob to leave his mother’s room. (pp.’s 15 & 19)

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