Chapter 26 Summary

Undine returns to New York for the first time in years. She notices that her parents have aged. What worries her more is that they have moved to a less fashionable hotel; she is concerned that someone might see her entering the less impressive abode.

As Undine stays with her parents, she reflects not only on their aging, exhaustion, and defeat but also on her own. The three of them have not had very successful recent years. As weeks pass, they find their conversations restricted by topics they do not wish to reopen. So they spend most of their time in silence. Undine is especially quiet when her mother attempts to talk about Paul, Undine’s son. Undine would rather forget the boy. Although Undine is vaguely aware that...

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