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Behind the Scenes at the Museum Study Guide
Plot Summary
Chapter Summaries
Characters
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Plot Summary
The main character of this novel is Ruby Lennox. She takes the reader through her life
from conception to being married with children of her own, to having to bury her…

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Chapter Summaries
Chapter 1-3 Summary
Chapter One 1951 Conception
Behind the Scenes at the Museum is a story about Ruby Lennox and her family, both
her immediate family and her grandparents and great-grandparents. It is about how
the women of this family deal with the deaths of beloved family members,…

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photo she is beautiful. Bunty tells her that this photo is of Nell's real mother, Alice,
and that the other photo is of her step mother Rachel. This is the first she has ever
heard of Alice. Bunty tells her that Alice died during child birth with Nell.
Alice Barker…

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Frank comes home from the war and ends up marring Nell. By the time Nell and Frank
have their first child Lillian has already given birth to a son who she has named
Edmund. Lillian will not tell anyone the name of the baby's father, and Nell is relieved
when…

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When Nell sees Edmund she faints because he looks so much like her brother Albert
that she thinks it is his ghost. Edmund tels them that his mother is fine and that she
has another son named Nathan. Lillian took Edmund to live in Canada when she left all
those…

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Jack, but instead looks like their brother Albert who had also recently died. Nell always
feels like Jack is probably the father of Lillian's baby. She knows that the last time Jack
is home that things are different between the two of them. Nell can also see that
there is…

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Samuel dies from a seizure. Soon after Samuel dies, Ada, Alice and Fredrick's oldest
daughter, gets diphtheria and dies. Lawrence, the next to the oldest child, leaves
home two years later. One year later Fredrick dies of hypothermia when he gets too
drunk and passes out on his own porch.…

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keep them from going to the pantomime. After dinner the Lennox family goes to a
pantomime, and they all enjoy the show. After the show is over the Lennox family is
outside the theatre and George is trying to catch a taxi. Gillian sees some of her
friends from school,…

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return, and George makes the girls promise not to ever mention that Doreen was
with them.
On Christmas Eve, George and Bunty tragically lose another child. Gillian is killed when
she is hit by a bus when the family is leaving the theatre. This time it is George and
Bunty…

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Footnote (vii) Zeppelin!
Tom, Nell's brother, has just gotten married to Mabel. Tom has not been sent off to
war because his employer is a member of the Society of Friends and goes in front of
the board and tells them that he needs Tom to stay and work for…

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