Chapter 21 Summary

Ralph’s life is deteriorating, though he does not fully acknowledge this fact. His health is so poor that his mother and sister do not ask questions about what is happening with his wife. They do not criticize her either, as if Ralph is to frail to handle this. Instead they look after him and his son.

When she first left, Undine wrote to Ralph once a week. This gave Ralph pleasure and he looked forward to receiving the letters, although the letters themselves were not very informative. Rather it was the idea of receiving them that provided Ralph with some hope. In her letters, Undine talked of the weather or with whom she dined. She asked very little of her son’s and none of Ralph’s well-being. Ralph’s mother...

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