Commonwealth - Chapter Eight Summary & Analysis

Ann Patchett
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Upon her retirement, Teresa visits Holly in Switzerland at a meditative retreat that Holly has made her home. During the journey, Teresa reflects back on her previous trip to Europe, as well as shifts her relationship with her companion for that trip, her new husband, Bert Cousins, and the rapid descent of her feelings for him, from unconditional love, to tolerance, to consuming hatred, to finally indifference. The visit to Switzerland represents a leap into new territory for Teresa. The flight is long and arduous for her, but it gives her time to reflect on her previous trip to Europe as her honeymoon with Bert. The contrast between the two trips is stark; when Teresa went to Europe with Bert, the trip with Bert was a surprise and Teresa was dependent on his planning and guidance. The planning of the trip to Switzerland...

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