Chapters 22-24 Summary
Slowly, Quoyle and Wavey are building a relationship. Even Wavey’s brother, Ken, notices how often Quoyle comes to the house. Wavey lives in her own home, but her father and brother live next door. Ken is friendly with Quoyle and encourages the development of his friendship with Wavey, as if he appreciates that someone is looking after her.
Meanwhile, Dawn, the young woman who works with Agnis, stays late at the upholstery office so she can use the electric typewriter. Dawn writes twenty-five letters each week, applying for jobs across Canada. She will try anything. Her college degree is in Maritime Traffic Engineering but she applies for translator jobs and others for which she has no experience. Her goal is just to get off the island.
While Quoyle fixes dinner, Agnis is outside looking for a place to dig a garden. She sees someone walking toward the house, but when she looks closer she can no longer see the person. Quoyle tells her he has heard rumors there is a relative who lives around there. Agnis denies this possibility. She is sure there were no relations left on the island. Nonetheless, Quoyle suggests they walk along the cove to see if they can find this man, whom Quoyle has glimpsed once or twice. Agnis shudders at the idea and refuses to go. The conversation ends.
Later, when Quoyle suggests that the family go berry picking, Agnis tells Quoyle he should invite Wavey and her son to come along. Quoyle does. On the appointed day, they pack a picnic and head out. The three children play well together, so Agnis tells Quoyle and Wavey to go off on their own. Agnis will keep an eye on the children.
Quoyle and Wavey reluctantly agree and walk toward the shore. As Wavey stands on a rock looking out at the sea, Quoyle touches her. She is aware of what Quoyle wants and tries to dissuade him. Wavey starts talking about her dead husband and how much she misses him. She tells Quoyle that every time she stands on the shore, she expects to find him. She realizes how irrational this is, but she cannot stop herself from wishing he will return one day. Wavey tells Quoyle this so he will understand how much she still loves her husband. In response, Quoyle backs away from her. He thinks maybe she is right. He, too, still thinks about his wife. Maybe both of them will always grieve for their dead spouses.
But as they are walking back to the fields where Agnis and the children are picking berries, Wavey suddenly turns toward Quoyle and embraces him. They fall to the ground and wrap their arms around each other. Then just as suddenly Wavey stops, stands up, and walks away. Quoyle is puzzled, but then he has a vision. He sees Wavey living with him in the future.