Part 3, Chapter 1 Summary

It is almost Christmas, but Irene cannot quite get into the spirit of the season. For one, the weather is too warm, but the real underlying cause of her depression is something much more subtle and complicated. She can feel it but not quite identify it.

She arrives back home after having gone out in the hopes of losing the negative feelings that are gnawing away at her. It had not worked. She has arranged a tea party and brought flowers back. But she feels exhausted and is not looking forward to having to entertain her friends.

She goes upstairs and lies down on her bed, wondering if what is bothering her has anything to do with Brian’s wanting to move to Brazil. Irene has continued to notice that Brian...

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