All Things Cease to Appear - Part 5: "Exile" Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Brundage
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Summary

This brief section contains a collection of the letters Catherine wrote and never sent, which Franny later finds in her parents' former bedroom in the Hale's house. They span from September 12, 1978 to February 22, 1979, the day before Catherine is murdered. The letters are addressed primarily to her mother, but also to God, Agnes, and Mrs. Clare at various points.

The content of the letters primarily focus on Catherine's growing discontent in her marriage, and her suspicion of George which grows into hatred. In the first letter, Catherine laments that marrying George was a "severe error in judgment" (426). She acknowledge's her mother's advice to "hang on" (426) for Franny, but Catherine doubts her strength to do so. Several letters continue to detail all the ways in which George mistreats Catherine (he "secretly finds [Catherine] repulsive" (427)). Catherine addresses God to ask his "opinion of ghosts" (428), believing that...

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