The Edible Woman Chapters 5-8: Summary and Analysis

Margaret Atwood

Chapters 5-8: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Duncan: an English Literature graduate student

Trevor and Fish: Duncan’s roommates, also graduate students

Summary
As Marian and Ainsley walk through the dusk towards the subway, Ainsley wonders how Clara can stand such an existence. She feels that Clara allows herself to be treated like a thing while Joe does all the work. At the very least, Ainsley suggests, Clara could return to school and finish her degree. These criticisms of her friend’s current lifestyle lead Marian to recall how, after Clara’s first child was born, she had considered her absence from school as temporary. Lately, however, she had started to think of herself, bitterly,...

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