Private Citizens: A Novel - Interlude 2004 Summary & Analysis

Tony Tulathimutte
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Summary

The interlude begins from Henrik's perspective in the year of 2004. He and Linda are spending a great deal of time together, and Henrik no longer becomes nervous when speaking with Linda. Linda treats Henrik strangely, but Henrik is okay with the situation. In return, Henrik refrains from informing Linda about his bi-polar disorder or his suicide attempt. One night Henrik invites Linda to a mascarade party. When Linda arrives the two go up stairs and sit on a bed, which promptly collapses. That night, still drunk at two a.m., Linda stands outside Henrik's house and wonders why she enjoys his company so much.

Analysis

In this interlude the author focuses on the relationship between Linda and Henrik to establish an atmosphere of tension. At times, the narrator connects Linda and Henrik through the comparison of fighting and love. When the bed collapses, for...

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