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Herzog – Plot Overview

Herzog has a narrative plot, but most of its important action takes place in the mind of Moses Herzog, its protagonist. Moses is a middle-aged college professor living temporarily in his country home in the Berkshires. Moses has made a habit of writing letters, which he never sends, to family, friends, acquaintances, scholars, writers, and …

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Herzog – Section 1

Summary Moses Herzog is a middle-aged, twice-divorced, professor and father of two. He is going through a crisis—a near breakdown. He is temporarily living in his country house in the Berkshires, a small village in Massachusetts. Moses says he is strangely content in the country, writing letters that will never be sent to the famous, …

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Herzog – Section 2

Summary Moses is in a cab on his way to Grand Central Station, where he will catch a train to Marthas Vineyard. In the cab, a letter-writing frenzy begins. The letter-writing persists at high intensity throughout this chapter. When Moses occasionally looks up from his persistent jotting, it is only to retreat into memory. One …

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Herzog – Section 3

Summary As Moses travels on the ferry to Marthas Vineyard, he writes letters. Moses is writing to the governor, and then jumps into a letter to Ramona in which he asks her not to take his trip the wrong way. He tells her that he cares for her. He thinks of marrying her, but remembers …

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Herzog – Section 4

Summary It is morning on the day after Moses return from Marthas Vineyard, and he is writing letters. He begins by addressing Monsignor Hilton, who converted Madeleine to the Church. He writes to Hilton to show him what happens to people who want convert in order to “save themselves from…nihilism.” Moses remembers being separated from …

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Herzog – Section 5

Summary In this section, Moses is woken from his letter-writing spell by the ringing phone. It is Ramona calling. She asks whether or not he went to the Berkshires, and invites him to her house. During their phone conversation, Ramona lectures Moses on self-confidence and mentions her Aunt Tamara, with whom she lives. On the …

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Herzog – Section 6

Summary After his night with Ramona, Moses takes her to breakfast and then to the flower shop where she works. They kiss as they step out of the cab, and Moses finds himself happy, a moment of pleasure that dissipates as he gets in a cab alone. In the cab, Moses decides to attend parents …

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Herzog – Section 7

Summary Moses is worried by the murder trial of the mother, and decides that he needs to go to Chicago to see his daughter, June, and to confront Madeleine and Valentine. He gets on a plane immediately and heads to Chicago. Before going to Madeleines house, however, he stops in at his old home, where …

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Herzog – Section 8

Summary Moses finally meets with his daughter, which fills him with a painful joy. June is very loving to him. She talks about Valentine, who she calls Uncle Val, and tells her father that she likes Valentine because he makes good funny faces. She says Valentine does not tell stories as well as Moses does. …

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Herzog – Section 9

Summary It is the day after Moses car accident. Moses is back in his old country home in Ludeyville. The house is in disrepair, and the garden overgrown, but Moses is happy there. He finds traces of his old life in the house: things Madeleine bought, their old canned goods, and the bathroom shower railing …

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