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Seize the Day | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • One day

    Wilhelm gives Dr. Tamkin power of attorney, and the pair invest in lard.

    Chapter 4
  • Five days later

    Wilhelm has breakfast with Dr. Adler and explains why he left his job.

    Chapter 2
  • During breakfast

    Wilhelm asks his father for help, and his father refuses.

    Chapter 3
  • After breakfast

    Dr. Tamkin persuades Wilhelm to sit with him over his own breakfast, talking about his patients.

    Chapter 4
  • Midmorning

    At the brokerage Dr. Tamkin has invested in rye, which is up, but won't sell it like Wilhelm wants.

    Chapter 5
  • At lunch

    Wilhelm and Dr. Tamkin have lunch in a diner.

    Chapter 6
  • After lunch

    Wilhelm wants to get back to the brokerage office but agrees to walk an old man to the cigar store.

    Chapter 6
  • Immediately after

    Both rye and lard are down, Wilhelm has lost his money, and Dr. Tamkin has disappeared.

    Chapter 6
  • Soon after

    Wilhelm begs his father for help, but his father responds in anger and turns him away.

    Chapter 7
  • Immediately after

    Margaret reproves Wilhelm for sending a postdated check and gives him no sympathy.

    Chapter 7
  • Immediately after

    Wilhelm is pushed by the crowd of people into a funeral parlor.

    Chapter 7
  • Finally

    Wilhelm cries over the body of the dead man, releasing all his pent-up frustration and grief.

    Chapter 7

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Tommy Wilhelm goes down to breakfast from his room in the Hotel Gloriana, a residential hotel in the Upper West Side of ... Read More
Chapter 2 Tommy Wilhelm gets his mail, which includes his rent bill and several bills forwarded by his wife, Margaret. She refuses... Read More
Chapter 3 As Mr. Perls leaves the dining room, Dr. Adler comments on the man's crippling bone disease. Dr. Adler tells Tommy Wilhe... Read More
Chapter 4 Still upset by his conversation with his father, Tommy Wilhelm reflects that what he wants more than the money is the fe... Read More
Chapter 5 Tommy Wilhelm and Dr. Tamkin walk to the brokerage office, which is crowded with people. Tamkin seems to know everyone. ... Read More
Chapter 6 Dr. Tamkin and Tommy Wilhelm go to a diner for lunch. They have trouble finding a seat. The place is filled with people,... Read More
Chapter 7 Tommy Wilhelm keeps searching for Dr. Tamkin, looking in his room back at the Gloriana, but no one knows where he is. Wi... Read More
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