Chapter 5 Summary

Every day when Emery is finished with his shift as a guard at the City Forest Park, he has a specific routine. First he goes to the park swimming pool where he sits on the bank above the pool and watches the swimmers. He watches one woman who comes to swim every Monday from the bushes where he will not be seen. He does the same when other women come to sunbathe. The “looseness” of the city is always shocking to him.

There is a secret place in the center of the park which he has discovered, a mystery right out in the open for everyone to see. Emery cannot show this discovery to just anyone, but he feels as if there is a “terrible knowledge” in him which must be released or he will do something awful. But he never...

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