Chapters 11-12 Summary

On the ride home, Julian quickly falls asleep. Mrs. Olinski and Mr. Singh are quiet too. As she drives, Mrs. Olinski is surprised to find that she feels "a strange sense of loss." She expresses her feelings of inexplicable sadness to her passenger, and Mr. Singh affirms calmly that, in actuality, something really has been lost. He identifies it as the opportunity for "future victories." For months, Mrs. Olinski has been in a state of "perpetual preparation and excitement," with "each victory...a preparation for the next." Mr. Singh asks Mrs. Olinski if she has enjoyed the journey, and she realizes that she has. Now, she must appreciate the respite and prepare for what life will bring to her next.

After many long miles...

(The entire section is 550 words.)