What is the summary for Part 3, Chapter 6 of The Underdogs?

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Demetrio returns home after an absence of two years, and his wife, "mad with joy" rushes to meet him, holding a young child by the hand.  She is ecstatic to have her husband back, but Demetrio is "astonished" at how his wife appears to "have aged ten or twenty years".  Demetrio no longer fits in the place he once called home.  His child looks at him "in terror", clinging to his mother's skirts.

Demetrio's wife thanks God for his return, and tells him that he will never have to leave them again, but Demetrio's face "cloud(s) over" at her proclamations, and he himself remains silent, unable to express the feelings in his hearts.  A black cloud appears overhead, and a heavy rain begins to fall (Part 3, Chapter 6).

Demetrio, his wife, and his child take refuge in a cave, and watch as the rains "(come) pelting down".  They can see the "tall, swaying palms" in the depths of the canyon, and the mountains all around them, with "peaks so high that their blue summits (vanish) in the sapphire of the sky".  Demetrio's wife begs him to stay, but they both know that he will not.

Defeated, Demetrio's wife asks him why he keeps on fighting.  He has no answer, but picks up a stone and throws it to the bottom of the canyon.  "Look at that stone, how it keeps on going...", he says.  Like the stone, he too must keep falling, down, down into the abyss.