1965, Chapter 3 Summary
Norah and David are on a hike; their son, Paul, is in a carrier strapped to David’s chest. In his pocket David has a letter from Caroline Gill that tells him she and Phoebe are fine and Phoebe has had no heart trouble. David looks at his small son and knows that because he lied and gave their daughter away there will be “terrible consequences,” something he believes to be “both inevitable and just.” He tried to spare his wife from loss and pain; he did not realize that the loss would follow her regardless. He also failed to anticipate his own grief. When he thinks of his lost daughter, often it is his sister’s face he sees.
David has convinced himself that Norah is...
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