What is the summary for Chapter 17 of East of Eden?

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Steinbeck returns as narrator and speculates on the nature of Cathy.  He cannot decide if his earlier assessment, that she was “a natural born monster” was correct.  The problem, he reasons, is that “since we cannot know what she wanted, we will never know if she got it.” 

Cathy is nearing the end of her pregnancy.  Adam continues to be oblivious to her lack of interest in either him or their baby.

On the Hamilton farm, Samuel and Tom are doing chores. ...

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