Dept. of Speculation - Chapters 21-22 Summary & Analysis

Jenny Offill
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Chapter 21

The protagonist thinks back to some of the advice she learned from philosophers. One of them had commented how if a student isn’t understanding it, they’re wasting time on things like eating and sleeping. Another comments that when a writer finally finishes their work, they might realize they wasted their youth and wrecked their health for nothing. After that, the protagonist muses that they don’t want their daughter to go to college if it means they have to go away from home. She wants her daughter to always be with her, even when she has a child of her own. She remembers a time when her daughter asked her to stop writing “I love you” in her lunch notes. The protagonist was devastated by this, but her husband just tried to comfort her. She then talks about how husbands...

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