Chapter 8 Summary

After dinner with Ralph’s family, Laura Fairford, Ralph’s sister, takes her brother and Undine to the theater. Accompanying them is Charles Bowen, an elderly man whom Undine suspects is an old friend of Laura’s who escorts her to events when her husband is indisposed.

Undine’s engagement was only made public a couple of days earlier, so Undine enjoys a lot of attention upon arriving at the theater. Since their seats are toward the stage, Undine hears many comments as she passes through the crowd. One gentleman remarks that he is surprised Ralph was able to find such a beauty. When Undine recognizes Clare Van Degen, who is sitting with Harriet Ray (the woman Ralph’s mother favored as a wife for her son), Undine...

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