Chapter 22 Summary

Ralph is delirious. He has no idea where he is or who is around him. He feels lost in a bad dream. He tries to get up because he senses it must be time to go to work, but no matter how hard he tries, he cannot open his eyes. When he reaches out for something to grab onto so he might pull himself up, he feels a warm hand grasp his. This sensation helps him relax, and he lies back down. However, the distinction between thought and action are so vague that he has no idea if he is really doing anything or if he is merely thinking about doing it.

Slowly, he regains sensation in his body. Most of it is intense pain. His only respite is sleep, which comes to him in intermittent fits. He dreams of being on a beach filled with...

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