Chapter 16 Summary

Dolores sits in the cab and tries not to think at all as mile after mile stretches on from Philadelphia to Cape Cod. She tries to quash any conversation her driver, Domingos, initiates, but eventually it is Dolores who begins talking. She asks Domingos if he believes in God. He is incredulous and says that he does. Dolores does not want to believe that any god would allow her mother to die.

As they continue on in relative silence, Dolores begins to contemplate suicide. She thinks that the world would be better “rid of the the Fat Girl Monster.” She takes some satisfaction in imagining the guilt Eric and Kippy will feel when they learn of her death.

When the driver stops for gas, Dolores goes inside and...

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