Dept. of Speculation - Chapters 23-24 Summary & Analysis

Jenny Offill
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Chapter 23

The protagonist talks about how new couples are often much more passionate than married couples. Married couples make up for this by being more attached to one another. This attachment is what lets them have children together. She then goes on to talk about how there’s nowhere in the city to cry. She realizes there is a cemetery nearby and hopes that she can go there to cry. She then reflects on how in tribal cultures children become self-sufficient at an early age. As such, men don’t have to focus on protecting them which can lead to them having affairs. Later, she talks to The Philosopher who seems surprised about something regarding the husband being unkind. She agrees that he’s one of the kindest people she knows, and starts to wonder if she made him unkind and broke the...

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