Part 3, Chapter 2 Summary

Irene continues to feel miserable. At first she suffered because she thought her husband, Brian, was having an affair with Clare. Next she endured mental anguish because she tried in vain to convince herself that this might not be true. She had no proof that her husband and Clare were either romantically or sexually involved; she only had suspicions. Because she had roused these suspicions herself, she tries to control her thoughts so she will no longer ponder the possibilities that Brian is being unfaithful. She alone has caused the agitation she has been feeling ever since the tea party. After all, the only thing Brian did was invite Clare, their mutual friend to a party that was being held at a house that belonged to the two of...

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