The third volume of the Studs Lonigan trilogy begins with the thirty year old Studs returning from the wake of one of his childhood friends, and wondering about his own mortality. He no longer is the tough scrapping young man he once was. A bout with pneumonia has wrecked his health and he has a weakened heart.
It is two years into the depression. He has saved some money, but he invests it in the stock market and his stock keeps losing money. He has been going out regularly with Catherine Banahan, and he decides that since life seems to be passing him by he should ask her to marry him. She agrees, but as the depression worsens, he finds he can no longer depend on work as a painter with his father.
When Catherine tells him she is pregnant, he agrees to marry her right away, but he now needs some way to bring in money. He goes out to look for a job on a damp rainy day and becomes sick. In his weakened condition, it turns into double pneumonia and an early death.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein