Chapter 51 Summary

For two days Marion and Genet are “like children playing house.” Marion discovers that Genet is capable of selfless love—just not with him. Despite that, he experiences a momentary equilibrium—“or the illusion of it.” And then she is gone. She places her father’s St. Bridget’s medallion on the dining table, then she leaves. Looking back, Marion knows his illness began on the Sunday morning he woke up to a silent house and knew she was gone. Forty-three days later the nausea arrived, and by the forty-ninth day he had lost unconsciousness.

Every night after work, Marion rushes home to see if she has returned; by Friday he realizes he is a “fool” to think she is coming back to him. He is not angry with...

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