Miss Lonelyhearts | Study Guide

Nathanael West

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Miss Lonelyhearts, Help Me, Help Me An advice columnist for the New York Post-Dispatch sits at his desk trying to write. The narrator refers to him only by ... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts and the Dead Pan After his workday Miss Lonelyhearts heads to a speakeasy, a bar selling alcohol illegally during Prohibition. Miss... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts and the Lamb Miss Lonelyhearts goes home to his rented room, "a room that was as full of shadows as an old steel engraving." Its only... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts and the Fat Thumb As the story goes on, Miss Lonelyhearts becomes obsessive about order. "Everything had to form a pattern." His is annoye... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts and the Clean Old Man Kicked out of Betty's place, Miss Lonelyhearts finds himself on the street again. He feels as if "his heart were a bomb,... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts and Mrs. Shrike The next day Miss Lonelyhearts lies on the bed in his rented room, suffering from a headache and a hangover. Shrike call... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts on a Field Trip The next day Miss Lonelyhearts is back at the office. He thinks of a desert, "not of sand, but of rust and body dirt." I... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts in the Dismal Swamp Miss Lonelyhearts next falls ill and stays in bed for several days of sleep. On the third day "his imagination began to ... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts in the Country At this time, Betty visits Miss Lonelyhearts daily for more than a week, bringing him soup and chicken. He tries to talk... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts Returns After a few more days on the farm Betty and Miss Lonelyhearts return to the city. And soon as Miss Lonelyhearts sees "th... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts and the Cripple Miss Lonelyhearts now avoids Betty, and she stops calling him. He wants to preserve his humility. He finds "the farther ... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts Pays a Visit Doyle and Miss Lonelyhearts then take a cab to the Doyles' apartment. Each is wrapped up in his own concerns. Doyle curs... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts Attends a Party Miss Lonelyhearts takes to his bed again, for four days. On the fourth day Shrike and four other people come to Miss Lon... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts and the Party Dress The focus of the narrative returns here to Miss Lonelyhearts. Outside Shrike's apartment Miss Lonelyhearts catches up wi... Read More
Miss Lonelyhearts Has a Religious Experience The next morning Miss Lonelyhearts has a fever, which he welcomes. "[The fever] promised heat and mentally unmotivated v... Read More
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