Bark: Stories - Debarking Summary & Analysis

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Ira Milkens, six months divorced from Marilyn, finds it difficult to remove his wedding ring. He considers cutting off the finger, or his entire hand, and sending it to Marilyn, but his friend Mike tells him he’ll remove the ring when he’s ready. Mike, a casual Catholic, invites Ira, a Jew, over for Sunday Lenten dinner with his wife, Kate, and their friends. Ira accepts. At dinner, he meets one of Kate’s divorcee friends, Zora, who laughs at everything Ira says. They seem to hit it off. Ira sends Zora a postcard, telling her it was good to meet her; she sends him one of Van Gogh’s room in Arles in return, telling him it was good to meet him, and includes her number. Ira wonders why she didn’t say more, but then he remembers how Marilyn used to...

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