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Quicksand and Passing - Study Guide Quicksand, Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen Summary & Analysis

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The Dahls are disappointed that Helga rejected Axel, and Olsen is now in the Balkans trying to get over it. Helga's refusal has caused tension and even evoked a heartfelt conversation with her uncle, who is normally quite reticent. Helga would do anything for them but this, and this is really all they wanted her to do. The social life continues for Helga, but she begins to consider Anne's invitation to New York. Helga misses being around Negroes and finally understands, and even forgives, her father for leaving to go back to his own people.

The Dahls are truly sorry to see Helga leave for Anne's wedding, but they expect her to return, and Helga expects to return. They all feel things might be different then. As the ship departs Denmark, Helga feels regret and fear.

Ch. Seventeen: Helga...

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