Chapter 25 Summary

As Archer ponders on his morning with Ellen, he thinks of it as a failure. He did not touch her, even to kiss her hand. He does not know when or if they will ever see one another again. He feels ill from unsatisfied love. In spite of this, he is bewildered by the calmness that surges about him. He conjectures that this is perhaps caused by Ellen’s perfectly balanced insistence that they be loyal to May and yet remain honest with one another. He is in awe of Ellen, so much so that he is not tempted to lure her into an affair. As he reflects on their relationship further, he realizes that even though their situations dictate that they give up so much, they still have so much more than most other couples he knows. He also feels...

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