Chapters 53-54 Summary

Bertrand looks tense and pale as he takes Julia in his arms and rests his chin on top of her head. She tells him she did not have the abortion. He does not move and says the doctor called him. Julia pulls away, explaining that she just could not do it. Bertrand’s smile seems desperate as he pours himself a drink and swallows it quickly, snapping his head back in an “ugly gesture.” Now what will they do, he asks, and Julia has no answer. He warned her that he could not face the idea of a child but she would not listen, and now he settles himself into the sofa and loosens his shirt and tie. Something about his voice makes Julia look at him more closely.

He looks weary and vulnerable, much like his father did when he...

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