American Pastoral - Chapter 3, Pages 89 - 113 Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 58 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of American Pastoral.
This section contains 672 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the American Pastoral Study Guide

Chapter 3, Pages 89 - 113 Summary

Nathan notes that Swede naturally incorporated himself into the Wasp world. As Nathan begins to imagine Swede, he sees him with his daughter Merry, who is now eleven, at a seaside cottage. Merry and Swede are very close, and both are "sun-drunk", when Merry stutters a request that her father kiss her the way he kisses her mother. Swede has always been more patient and accepting of Merry's stutter and, out of sympathy, innocence, and love for her, he almost accidentally, does kiss her on the mouth, and immediately afterward, withdraws from her dramatically so that she can feel safe it will never happen again. But this withdrawal may have been the wound that ruined her; Swede realizes now that everything he does, no matter how good, will make a difference, and not necessarily a good one. His healthy self-image turns to self-examination...

(read more from the Chapter 3, Pages 89 - 113 Summary)

This section contains 672 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the American Pastoral Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
American Pastoral from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.