Date: 06 Jul 2013 12:51 AM Title: Prologue, July 17th 1916
An impromptu "business" trip in the era of the 1900's would have been unlikely, especially with it taking place solely over the weekend, given the professional & higher level of society the Masens' lived & worked among.
Someone who did business on a Sunday was thought to be lacking Christian values & character unless the business was a service for which the public would suffer if it were not available.
An attorney doesn't quite fit that category, & it would not be unusual in the least for the priest or pastor of their church to question Edward & his mother as to Mr. Masen's whereabouts.
This leads me to believe the "impromptu" business trip is something else: something Mr. Masen is not telling his wife or son.
It's not an impromptu business trip :-P In the last part of the chapter, read between the lines. Mr. Masen makes an excuse so that he won't have to admit that he forgot about his son's concert.
I did not know about the whole christian thing, and I'm sorry I haven't done better research :-P
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