March - Part Two, Chapter Eighteen: State of Grace Summary & Analysis

Geraldine Brooks
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Part Two, Chapter Eighteen: State of Grace Summary

The narration switches back to March's perspective as Marmee leaves his hospital room. He is not really sleeping, but pretending so that he won't have to continue their conversation about him returning home. The next day, he hears that Marmee has left Washington and is headed back to Concord to be with their frail daughter, Beth, who has come down with scarlet fever. Being an already weak child, her prognosis is not good. In a short letter, Marmee begs March to join her at Beth's bedside as soon as possible. They need to come together as a family now, perhaps more than ever before. Despite this news, March knows he cannot return home. His grief is still too strong and he feels he must do something positive to benefit the contraband whose lives he negatively...

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