Chapter 40 Summary

Undine feels bored with her life in the Chelles country estate, especially during the cold winters. She wants to find an outlet for her anger about her confinement and the deteriorating conditions of her marriage. Undine discovers that she is most successful in aggravating Raymond by irritating his mother. The winters are cold, and Undine is tired of lacking heat. According to the family tradition, which has never been adjusted in generations, only a small amount of wood is to be used to build the fires that heat the home. To make the best of this small allotment, the family has taken up the custom of heating Raymond’s mother’s large bedroom and then having the rest of the members of the family spend the day in her room. Undine...

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