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A Lesson Before Dying Chapter 14

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

In Chapter 14 of ''A Lesson Before Dying'' we discover the surprise visitor who showed up at Grant's front door. The mystery woman and Grant go for a walk together and talk about their plans.

It's Vivian

The end of Chapter 13 of A Lesson Before Dying left us wondering who showed up at Grant's doorstep. Turns out, it's Vivian, Grant's girlfriend. She tells him that she got the babysitter to watch the kids for awhile and she just wanted to see him.

Grant tells us that he's embarrassed by his room because there isn't much to look at. The room used to belong to his parents before they moved to California. Now it's his, and there a few photos of his parents, some old furniture and a collage of some of the people he admires.

Vivian picks up a picture of Grant's mom and observes that she is pretty. Then she picks up a photo of Grant's dad and mentions that he is handsome. Grant and Vivian then share a romantic kiss, and Grant tells us ''I could see in her face that she loved me as much as I loved her.''

Grant and Vivian go to the kitchen and get a cup of coffee. Vivian looks out of the window and observes that it is very peaceful at Grant's house.

Time for Chores

Vivian tells Grant that he should find something to do on Sundays. Grant tells Vivian that he doesn't go to church because he doesn't believe. She tells Grant '''I know you believe.'' Grant, being the smooth man that he is, tells her ''The only thing I believe in is loving you.''

When the two lovebirds finish their coffee and cake, Vivian tells Grant that they should wash the dishes as a way to be respectful. Grant says it doesn't matter, but Vivian insists. The two wash the dishes together. When they are done, Vivian and Grant decide to go for a walk together.

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