Chapter 13 Summary

After having gone to the theater by himself, Ralph arrives at his Paris suite one night to find Undine with Peter Van Degen. Undine is sitting at a coffee table with Peter on the other side. Peter is stretched out a little too casually in his chair, Ralph notes, as if the man were in his own home. The scene looks very intimate to Ralph, and he is immediately on guard. When Ralph enters the room, Peter does not move to greet Ralph but merely says hello. When Ralph looks to Undine for a reaction to the laxness in Peter’s manner, he finds none. But Ralph sees that his wife’s face appears illuminated, which look Ralph finds disagreeable because the source of her excitement is Peter Van Degen, a man Ralph finds a bore and a...

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