Wide Sargasso Sea Part 2, Section 1 Summary

Jean Rhys

Part 2, Section 1 Summary

The majority of Part Two is told through the character of Edward Rochester. Richard Mason, the son of Antoinette's stepfather, has arranged a marriage between Antoinette and Edward Rochester. Part Two begins after their wedding. The couple has gone to the tropical mountains of one of the Windward Islands, celebrating their honeymoon. They are staying at a small estate that was once owned by Antoinette's mother. Antoinette feels very much at home there, calling out the names of many of the people they pass on their journey to her mother's home. Rochester comments on the language Antoinette speaks to her old acquaintances. It is not French, but a derivative, referred to as "debased French patois." Everything feels very exotic for...

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