Chapters 17-19: Summary and Analysis
Chapter 17 represents a turning point in the novel—and in Marian’s life. Looking at Peter across a restaurant dinner table, Marian decides that anyone would have to agree that he is exceptionally handsome. Ainsley had once called him “nicely packaged” and Marian now thinks that she finds this quality attractive. She even feels a sense of “proud ownership” at being with him in this public place and reaches over to touch his hand. As they wait for their food to arrive, Marian and Peter resume a conversation begun earlier concerning the proper education of children. Peter talks theoretically but Marian believes that it is their own future children they are discussing. They disagree on a...
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