Chapter 46 Summary

Paul Marvell, Undine’s son, is now nine years old. He is alone (with servants) in his mother’s new home in Paris. His mother is not yet there, as he had expected. His mother is hardly ever home. He attends boarding school and he and his mother rarely see one another. She writes to him but only in the form of telegrams, which minimally describe where she is at the moment or where she is going next.

His “French father” as Paul calls him, Raymond de Chelles, has disappeared from his life. Raymond was the closest to a father figure the young boy ever had, the only husband of his mother’s that he remembers or knows. Paul is aware of Mr. Moffatt, and though this man is friendly to him, Mr. Moffatt is also seldom...

(The entire section is 700 words.)