Contracts: Performance, Breach, and Discharge
A widow entered into a contract with a painter to repaint her house over a three-week period that summer, after which the painter would be paid in full. The painter came every day during the first week and worked according to the agreed upon terms. At the beginning of the second week, the widow’s son arrived home from college for the summer. Once the widow’s son was home, she informed the painter that she would no longer require his service, as her son was going to finish painting the house. When the painter argued that she was violating their contract, the widow then refused to pay the painter for any of his completed work.
If the painter sues the widow for breach of contract before the three weeks are over, who will prevail?
A: The painter because the widow breached by anticipatory repudiation.
B: The painter because the widow breached the contract.
C: The widow because the agreement was an installment contract.
D: The widow because of a change of circumstances.
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