Alias Grace Summary and Analysis: Sections 9-12: Chapters 32-44

Margaret Atwood

Summary and Analysis: Sections 9-12: Chapters 32-44

Summary
Section 9: Hearts and Gizzards
Chapter 32

The narration returns to third person, focusing on Simon. He observes that things are falling apart at Mrs. Humphrey’s without household help. He wonders if his mother is right about his needing to settle down and marry.

He meets with Grace but feels peculiar about her progress, though he’s glad “they are approaching together the centre of Grace’s narrative.” He gets a letter from his mother criticizing him for not writing. Mrs. Humphrey appears at his door unannounced on the false pretext of needing his help. He realizes he cannot continue living in this inappropriate manner. He dreads addressing the...

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