Chapter 7 Summary

Jack begins picking Dolores up from school several days a week, but never on specific days. He is moody: one day he is jovial; the next, morose. On his depressed days, he complains to Dolores about his life with Rita and the upcoming, oppressive responsibility of having to provide for both her and a baby. Some days, their route home would be long and circuitous for no apparent purpose. Dolores tells her grandmother she has joined a club at school to cover up for the days she comes home late. When she is home, Dolores begins comforting herself more often with food.

Dolores has fantasies about Rita and her baby, imagining that Rita is too infirm to care for the child and hands it over to Dolores to raise with Jack. At...

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