Chapter 39 Summary

Undine is disturbed by all the attention and money being lavished on her brother-in-law, Hubert. After an expensive wedding, the quarters where Hubert and his wife will be staying in the Chelles’s estate are remodeled with modern heating and lighting. The newlywed couple is even given permission to tear down walls, install new windows, and paint contemporary murals on the walls. New American bathtubs are installed, which become the talk of many of the distinguished guests, who enter the family home, walk past the rooms where Undine resides, and joyously visit Hubert and his wife.

Undine endures all of these changes in silence. This is not because she approves of them but rather because she has witnessed a new side of...

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