Chapter 32 Summary

As days pass, Ralph begins to grasp what Clare told him: Undine’s remarriage will make him freer. He will possess himself more completely with there being no chance of Undine coming back to him. Her new marriage will cut the last link between them.

Although Undine has not yet received the annulment for which she is pushing, Ralph knows that once Undine wants something, she does not stop until she gets it. One way or the other, she will eventually remarry. He remembers Undine’s failure with Van Degen. In that case, Ralph believes Undine was too immature and inexperienced to understand that Van Degen is not a typical man. He was constrained by social custom. Undine did not conceive of how deeply and compelling those...

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