Chapter 24 Summary

As Dante and Dolores continue their pointless, three-week road trip, Dolores realizes that the baby she aborted, Vita Marie, would have just had her first birthday. She has an incredibly clear vision of what her child would have looked like, even what she smells like. She considers the vision a gift, but from whom, she does not know.

When they finally see the road sign for New England, meaning they will be home soon, Dante strangely says he will be happy to “get home and get it over with.” What “it” is, Dolores does not know. Once they get to their house, Dante finally confesses. He has lost his job. Their sudden, long vacation, he says, was an attempt to “protect” her from “the gossip.”

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(The entire section is 508 words.)