Part 2, Chapter 1 Summary

The scene returns to New York as Irene is contemplating the newest letter she has received from Clare Kendry. It has been two years since Irene has seen or heard from Clare, and she is surprised that a letter from Clare can still stir her anger. Irene is especially agitated when she recalls Clare’s husband’s terribly prejudiced views toward Negroes. As for Clare’s complete lack of concern for other people's feelings, Irene is not in the least surprised.

After contemplating Clare’s letter, Irene decides that going through such a humiliating experience once was bad enough; she will not allow Clare to drag her through another...

(The entire section is 600 words.)