Beware of Pity - Page 273 through 353. Summary & Analysis

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Page 273 through 353. Summary

Hofmiller goes to the Kekesfalva's and finds that Edith has smartly invited a few female friends over, so their first meeting is somewhat more relaxed. When the others leave, Hofmiller and Edith try to play chess, but Edith gives up, exasperated with the silence between them. She begins to have a fit, but one touch from Hofmiller soothes her. She takes his hand eventually and lovingly caresses it. Hofmiller is deeply moved by her tender touch, but eventually pulls away. When he does, Edith pouts and Hofmiller kisses her on the head to stave off her tantrum, but Edith realizes he does this only out of pity and embarrassment. Hofmiller keeps visiting, but by the fourth day it is obvious there is tension. Edith purposefully acts throughout the day as if Hofmiller is boring her. At dinner she ignores him and finally explodes at him...

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