Part 12, Chapters 1-6 Summary

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Last Updated on October 26, 2018, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 530

The unnamed man and woman reappear. The woman is waiting at a train station. When the man alights from the train, she kisses him but only lightly. She is fearful of someone seeing them. Then they shake hands, as if to denote only a casual relationship. The woman feels nervous around him, as she might around a stranger. It has been a long time since they were last together.

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He tells her that his journey back to her was very difficult. She responds by telling him she would have sent him money if she had known where he was. This does not matter, the man insists. He had no permanent address because he was always moving. They go to a cheap hotel to get a room. Once inside, she tells him that she read his story about the blind assassin in a magazine and that she looked everywhere for sequels but never found any. He tells her he did not write any more. He was too busy, he tells her, trying not to get shot. She tells him she worried he might have been killed. He confides that his life has been like hell. He finally got used to the terrors of the war. Now he is having trouble accustoming himself to peace. She tells him she wishes he had been wounded. If he had, maybe he would stay put for a while and she could take care of him. She senses he will soon be leaving her again to return to the war.

The woman plans how she will leave the life she now knows and move out on her own. She will leave the big house one day, having stolen money from the family a little bit at a time over a long period. To a pawnshop she will take precious jewels and other old items no one will miss, like her fur coats, old gold watches, and pieces of silverware. She will rent an inexpensive room and then write a letter telling her family she is not coming back. She...

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