Chapters 67-68 Summary

Bertrand has decided not to move his family to the rue de Saintonge apartment because of Julia’s pregnancy complications. He is a consistent presence in their apartment, but he is not “spiritually” present. They share a bed, but it is no longer a marital bed. Zoë seems unaffected and often chatters excitedly about the baby. Most people are excited for Julia and her baby, even Joshua who generally scorns both babies and sick leave. But no one ever comments on her broken marriage, and Julia wonders if anyone even notices. Perhaps they think Bertrand will eventually welcome his child, but the two of them know they are just waiting to make their decisions until after the child is born.

Julia is more than ready for...

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