Part 3, Chapters 1-3 Summary

After the trial, Michael spends most of his time in the university library, avoiding contact with friends. He is asked to join a group of friends on a skiing trip and although he is not a good skier, he agrees to go. On the trip, Michael keeps up with the skilled skiers, often risking broken bones and other injuries to do so. And he skies without proper warm clothing, claiming that he does not feel the cold. When he eventually becomes feverish, he welcomes the feeling of padded senses that comes with the illness. Michael is taken to the hospital and made well; he misses the deadened feeling that came with the fever because now all his feelings associated with the trial have resurfaced.

Michael finishes his studies and...

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