What happens in the last chapter of The Tiger's Wife?  

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The book ends with a chapter that provides a pleasing resolution to the story. The narrator looks through her grandfather's things, finally being able to accept that he has gone, but reflecting, as she imagines his conversation with the deathless man, that he, like the deathless man, might have ben able to somehow escape the finality of death. She imagines them wandering around together, two old men, who somehow remain unnoticed by everybody else. Eventually, the narrator insists, she will discover the whole story about her grandfather and his childhood, but she accepts that the story of the tiger and his wife will always be inaccessible and unexplainable. 

Moving into the present, the narrator reflects that the people of Galina, in spite of overtly not thinking about the tiger, still very much live their lives in fear of the tiger that could still be roaming around in the hills and mountains surrounding the village:

But the truth is, whether they think about him or not, the tiger is always there, in their movements, in their speech, in the preventive gestures that have become a part of their everyday lives. 

The story ends with a recognition of the tiger, who is still very much alive, thought of or not, within the people of Galina, and the narrator imagines the tiger pining for his wife as the tale closes. 

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