Contiene: Reading for the plot. Narrative desire. The novel and the guillotine, or fathers and sons in Le rouge et le noir. Freud's masterplot: a model for narrative. Repetition, repression, and return: the plotting of Great expectations. The mark of the beast: prostitution, serialization and narrative. Retrospective lust, or Flaubert's perversities. Narrative transaction and transference. An unreadable report: Conrad's Heart of darkness. Fictions of the wolf man: Freud and narrative understanding. Incredulous narration: Absalom, Absalom!. In conclusion: Endgames and the study of plot.