Book I, Chapter 2 Summary
Last Updated on April 14, 2023, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 172
Robert travels to the United States and has his book approved by an American publisher. During his stay, he receives attention from various women, which boosts his self-esteem. As a result, he loses interest in Frances because he realizes that he can attract other women.
Jake and Robert have a drink together. During their conversation, Robert expresses regret that he has already lived half of his life and he is not satisfied with his current situation. He also shares that he does not enjoy Paris and hopes that traveling to South America will bring him some relief. Jake tries to leave, as he usually does, but this time Robert follows him to the office. While Jake works, Robert waits and reads, eventually falling asleep with his head resting on his arms.
Robert wakes up and lets out a cry in his sleep. He tries to convince himself that it was just a dream, but admits that he didn't get any sleep the night before because he and Frances were having a conversation.