The End of the Affair - Chapter 3-7 Summary & Analysis

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Book 1, Chapter 3: Bendrix recalls having met Sarah for the first time, and he describes the Cophetua complex—an attraction to lower-class women—but he says he had not found Sarah sexually attractive when he first met her at a party at Henry’s house. When he stepped back inside to the party, he saw figures parting as if after a kiss, and saw Sarah as one of them. This, perhaps, gave him the sense of superiority that made Sarah sexually interesting to him.

Recalling 1939, Bendrix says memory sparks his hate as much as his love, and he says the two emotions are similar, they use the same glands, and produce the same actions. He asks the reader whether Peter or Judas was the one who really loved Christ.

Book 1, Chapter 4: When Bendrix arrives home form Savage’s, there is a message that Sarah called, and...

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