Staying On (1977)

  • Patrick Swinden


At a later date, Sarah Layton marries Guy Perron and goes back to England as his wife. Susan marries for a third time, a Scottish doctor with whom she appears to be happy and contented. Susan and Teddie Bingham’s son has also become a doctor. These and other snippets of information do not appear, as they would in a Victorian or Edwardian novel, in a brief concluding chapter, tying up all the loose ends of the story. In fact they do not appear anywhere in the Quartet. Scott has circumvented the problem of letting his readers know ‘what happened’ to everyone by incorporating their later histories, briefly and tantalisingly, in the odd corners and antechambers of another novel.


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© Patrick Swinden 1980

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