The Good Soldier | Study Guide

Ford Madox Ford

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "The Good Soldier Study Guide." Course Hero. 7 Feb. 2019. Web. 8 July 2020. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Good-Soldier/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2019, February 7). The Good Soldier Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved July 8, 2020, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Good-Soldier/

In text

(Course Hero, 2019)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "The Good Soldier Study Guide." February 7, 2019. Accessed July 8, 2020. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Good-Soldier/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "The Good Soldier Study Guide," February 7, 2019, accessed July 8, 2020, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Good-Soldier/.

The Good Soldier | Chapter Summaries

Share
Share
See Chapter Summaries Chart

Timeline of Events

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 John Dowell explains that the story he has to tell is a sad one. John and his wife, Florence, are American expatriates, ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 John Dowell imagines himself unburdening his story to a "sympathetic soul." Later, he seems agitated that the reader doe... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 John Dowell goes back in his narration to August of 1904, when he and Florence first met the Ashburnhams. John professes... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 John Dowell explains that the following nine years contained "uninterrupted tranquility." He says both couples took it f... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 John Dowell explains that what he and Leonora Ashburnham have in common is "keeping heart patients alive." They talked f... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 John Dowell says that Leonora Ashburnham tried to warn Florence Dowell, through subtle hints directed at John, not to go... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 John Dowell reflects on how August 4 is an important date for Florence Dowell. It is her birthday, the day she set sail ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 John Dowell clarifies that it was not only at Nauheim that he and Florence Dowell spent time with the Edward Ashburnham ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 1 As John Dowell ponders whether an "analysis of [his] own psychology matters at all to this story," he concludes that it ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 2 After John Dowell leaves for the United States, the Ashburnhams stay on for a time at Nauheim. Leonora Ashburnham watche... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 3 John Dowell explains that Leonora "wavered" when they returned to England and slackened her vigilance. He goes into deta... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 4 John Dowell discusses Edward Ashburnham's character again and admits it is difficult to give an accurate impression of h... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 5 John Dowell talks next about Edward Ashburnham's time in Burma. After Edward's dalliance with La Dolciquita, Leonora Ash... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 1 John Dowell says he has come to the conclusion that Florence Dowell "was a contaminating influence" on the Ashburnhams. ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 2 When John Dowell receives a cable from Edward Ashburnham asking him to come to England "for a chat," John debates waitin... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 3 Nancy Rufford becomes increasingly convinced Leonora Ashburnham and Edward Ashburnham hate each other. Nancy reads the p... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 4 Edward Ashburnham overhears Nancy Rufford discussing him with Leonora Ashburnham. He forbids Nancy to speak of these unm... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 5 John Dowell continues writing 18 months later. At this point, Edward Ashburnham is dead, Nancy Rufford is insane, John i... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 6 Two weeks pass between John Dowell's arrival in England and Nancy Rufford's departure, as the narrative goes back in tim... Read More
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about The Good Soldier? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes