Eddie’s friend during his thirties, Noel runs a laundry business. Noel is obsessed with the racetrack, and frequently influences Eddie to indulge with him in their shared gambling habit. Noel is with Eddie at the racetrack on the birthday when Marguerite gets into a car accident. From then on, Eddie gradually stops seeing Noel, as Noel becomes a reminder of Eddie’s fault in causing Marguerite’s accident.
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...are disconnected for a while, because of Eddie’s guilt and Marguerite’s resentment. Eddie’s friendship with Noel gradually ends, and he never returns to the racetrack. Over a few years, the couple’s... (full context)