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The Two Dead Girls, Chapters 1–3 Paul Edgecombe is the former "bull-goose screw," or superintendent, of E Block at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. This par... Read More
The Two Dead Girls, Chapters 4–6 On a June night in 1932 Klaus Detterick and his wife Marjorie allow their 9-year-old twins Cora and Kathe to sleep on ... Read More
The Two Dead Girls, Chapters 7–8 Paul Edgecombe's narrative goes back in time a few months to the arrival of the mouse that would eventually become Edu... Read More
The Mouse on the Mile, Chapters 1–3 Paul Edgecombe is writing his memoirs from Georgia Pines, a nursing home about 60 miles outside of Atlanta. His time t... Read More
The Mouse on the Mile, Chapters 4–5 The Chief is set to be put to death on July 17. On July 16 Paul Edgecombe and the rest of the regular E Block guards r... Read More
The Mouse on the Mile, Chapters 6–9 This manuscript is the longest thing Paul Edgecombe has ever written, including the four-page love letter he wrote to ... Read More
The Mouse on the Mile, Chapters 10–11 Paul Edgecombe wakes up in enormous pain. His urinary tract infection is back, and the pain is so terrible he nearly p... Read More
Coffey's Hands, Chapters 1–3 Elaine Connelly, Paul Edgecombe's "special friend" at George Pines nursing home, finds Paul sitting in the communal TV... Read More
Coffey's Hands, Chapters 4–5 The next morning a cheerful Paul Edgecombe drives 50 miles to Trapingus County to learn about John Coffey and the deat... Read More
Coffey's Hands, Chapters 6–8 Paul Edgecombe and his wife, Janice, pay a visit to Melinda Moores, who was recently released from the hospital with a... Read More
Coffey's Hands, Chapters 9–10 It is late October. Eduard Delacroix's execution is the next day. While he's in town, Paul Edgecombe meets a fellow pa... Read More
The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix, Chapters 1–3 Paul Edgecombe has been living at Georgia Pines for two years. It's easy to lose track of time and one's sense of self... Read More
The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix, Chapters 4–5 The night of Eduard Delacroix's execution is punctuated by wild storms and a thick heat. Twenty-five witnesses are on ... Read More
The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix, Chapters 6–9 Paul Edgecombe and the rest of the guards return to E Block for the remainder of the night. William Wharton is singing... Read More
Night Journey, Chapters 1–3 Paul Edgecombe had difficulty reliving Eduard Delacroix's death yesterday, but he managed to persevere and make it thr... Read More
Night Journey, Chapters 4–6 Paul Edgecombe, Dean Stanton, Harry Terwilliger, and Brutus "Brutal" Howell clock in for their shifts on E Block. Paul... Read More
Night Journey, Chapters 7–9 The drive to Hal Moores's house takes an hour in Harry Terwilliger's old truck. Paul Edgecombe feels lost during the e... Read More
Coffey on the Mile, Chapters 1–3 Paul Edgecombe falls asleep at a table in the solarium while writing about Melinda Moores's miraculous recovery at the... Read More
Coffey on the Mile, Chapters 4–6 It takes two weeks for the commotion following Percy Wetmore's shooting of William Wharton to die down. Nobody ever fi... Read More
Coffey on the Mile, Chapters 7–9 Paul Edgecombe, Brutus "Brutal" Howell, Harry Terwilliger, and Dean Stanton rehearse for John Coffey's execution. "[I]... Read More
Coffey on the Mile, Chapters 10–11 There are only 14 witnesses on hand for John Coffey's death. Two of them are Klaus and Marjorie Detterick, who both lo... Read More
Coffey on the Mile, Chapters 12–13 Elaine Connelly returns to the solarium after reading Paul Edgecombe's manuscript. Paul's worries that she will hate h... Read More
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