Chapter 20 Summary

Six weeks later, Undine is in her room, looking down on the streets of Paris. As she does so, she senses that she has finally found the life she always wanted. She looks on all the years prior to this moment as a waste of time. Those years were “meagre and starved” in comparison to now. All her previous summers were nothing more than a “pale monotony.” The worst summer, she recalls, was that of her honeymoon. It was her first trip to Europe but she had wasted the time in the stifling heat of Italy with Ralph. She had been free then (at least free of motherhood responsibilities) yet Ralph had made her squander that freedom on “ill-smelling” Italy. Now as then, Ralph is again threatening to interfere in her life by...

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