The Rainbow - Study Guide Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Will develops a strong bond with the baby, Ursula. The second daughter, Gudrun, is born. The relationship between Anna and Will settles down as they become content with their various activities. The family expands quickly with the addition of two more daughters, Catherine and Theresa. The added responsibility bears down on Will. He spends much of his time at work or in his workshop, trying to escape his family. Little Ursula tries to comfort him, but his expectations are far beyond her childish abilities. He yells at her when she cannot do something. Will teaches Ursula to swim by scaring her and then ridiculing her. He wants to control Ursula but, like her mother, Ursula is determined to be independent.

As the girls grow up, Will's attitude changes. He begins to spend a lot of time away from home, often in the company of other women. He...

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