Monday, October 10, 2005

After lunch at the diner, Carl heads over to the retirement home where his father lives. He recalls the times they shared together before and after his mother, Elizabeth, had died. He remembers that after his mother died, his father began drinking uncontrollably and fell asleep on the floor several times, too drunk to even move.

The chapter closes when Carl is leaving his father's retirement home and remembering an argument he had with his wife that eventually leads to their separation. This is the first time in the novel that we learn about what it was like for Carl when he lived with his wife and young daughter before the divorce.

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