Chapter 3, pp. 123-142 (through “She held her hand over her heart and smiled to herself.”)
December 9, 2020 by Claire Messud
For Miss Gamelon, “reality was often more frightening…than her wildest dreams” (p.123) – a plight of those without imagination. Given that for many of us the inverse is true, it’s helpful to recall that there are those repeatedly astounded by what is.
Arnold’s father visits and wants to stay: “You see what a new leaf I have really turned over…You mustn’t ever think people have only one nature. Everything I said to you the other night was wrong.” (p.133) For various reasons, Miss Goering is dismayed.
Miss Goering decides she must take a trip alone at night, upsetting though it will be. “It is not for fun that I am going,” she says, “but because it is necessary to do so.” (p.137) An echo of her serious childhood game.
Chapter 2, p. 37-62 (through “The other two women looked across the street and they all watched him disappear.”)
Chapter 2, pp. 63-83 (through “Oh, I’d love to Pacifica,” said Mrs. Copperfield, running out of the room.”)
Chapter 2, pp. 83-102 (from “When Mrs. Copperfield arrived in Mrs. Quill’s room" through “Mrs. Quill was dignified and remote and did not give her the lavish thanks which she had been expecting.”)
Finish Chapter 2, pp. 102-121 (from “Early the next morning Mrs. Copperfield and Pacifica were together in Pacifica’s bedroom" through “Listen, your pal’s been out of the room two whole minutes already. She’s gone to look for Pacifica.")
Chapter 3, pp 142-158 (from “When she arrived at the tip of the island" through “something would happen to interfere with her departure.”)
Chapter 3, pp. 159-176 (from “She noticed with a faint hear” through “shortly she fell into a deep sleep.”)
Chapter 3, pp. 176-196 (from “At about five thirty on the following afternoon" through “Then all three of them politely bade good-by to Andy’s back and left the room.”)
Chapter 3, pp. 196-210 (from “Arnold’s father had been sitting in the ice-cream parlor" through “He’s never going to listen to me,” Miss Goering said to herself.")