When Herbert, who is generally seen as a mean and stingy man, buys both Winnie and Dobie expensive gifts, everyone becomes suspicious of his motivations. However, he states that he critically reviewed his life, didn't like what he saw, and vowed to turn over a new leaf, which accounts for both the act of giving and where he got the money: he is on the verge of selling the store to a supermarket chain. With the vast sum he expects to get, he plans on traveling with Winnie, and when the money eventually gets low, he will return to the workforce managing someone else's supermarket, which means regular hours and fewer worries than owning his own business. But when the store purchase and the subsequent search for a managerial position don't pan out quite the way he expects, Herbert has to decide what to do, that is unless someone else helps him make those decisions. Written by
Did You Know?
The $5,724.68 that Herbert T. Gillis unexpectedly spent buying lavish gifts for his wife and Dobie in 1962 had the same purchasing power as $43,400 in 2012. See more
Mr. Gummage mentions that his first name is Sam. Later, Dobbs continually refers to him as Horace. See more
References Magnificent Obsession