The Assistant | Study Guide

Bernard Malamud

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The Assistant | Section Summaries


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Section Summary
Section 1 The novel opens on a normal day for the Bobers and their grocery store. Morris does what he can for the neighborhood by ... Read More
Section 2 While Morris recovers from the robbery, Helen and Ida manage the store. After a week, Morris is back to work, but he nea... Read More
Section 3 Frank settles in well at the store, bringing in a great deal of money for them. He also starts to take notice of Helen a... Read More
Section 4 Once Morris is back to work, he and Frank bond as they run the store together. Frank is still haunted by his role in the... Read More
Section 5 Frank is helping make the store a success, and he and Helen are becoming closer and closer. He has plans to go to colleg... Read More
Section 6 Frank and Helen's relationship is progressing well, and after an attempt to seduce her proves that Helen does not want t... Read More
Section 7 The morning after Frank attacks Helen, the people of Bober's Store are in emotional upheaval. Helen is traumatized from ... Read More
Section 8 When Morris is back to work, he insists that Frank leave the store. Frank admits that he was one of the robbers, but Mor... Read More
Section 9 After being caught and beaten by his father for stealing a bottle of liquor, Ward Minogue breaks into Karp's liquor stor... Read More
Section 10 After Morris passes away, things get harder for the store. Frank takes over while Ida and Helen are in mourning, eventua... Read More
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