Ralph Marvell is reflecting on the two years since his divorce from Undine. He has spent some of this time reflecting on his values, taking inventory of them and readjusting them. He wants to develop a sense of not having lost as much as he first thought. Two things he hopes might bring him through the crisis of having lost Undine are his son and the idea of writing a novel. Although he realizes that his son is the strongest value of his life, he often finds that his relationship with the boy is not enough to fill the void in his life. Feeding, dressing, and educating the child is not as...
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