Attention, everyone! Just when you thought those ladies of Eastwick were a thing of the past, Updike brings them to the forefront again. This time, the vixens are "dry," "brittle" widows--brewing up plans to go to Eastwick for a summer vacation. In addition to the three witches -- Sukie, Alexandra, and Jane, another character is back. He is none other than Christopher Gabriel, the man who was the ladies' nemesis in the previous book. Described as a "disciple-of-the-devil" in this review, Gabriel does his best to hex Jane, Sukie, and Alexandra via esoteric spells.
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"One out of every three hundred and twelve
Americans is a bore, for instance, and
a healthy male adult bore consumes each
year one and a half times his own weight
in other people's patience."
Assorted Prose (1965) Confessions of a Wild Bore