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The Reader - Part 1, Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Hanna continues to refuse Michael any large part in her life. For example, she goes to many movies but always goes alone. When Michael happens to see the same movie she will discuss it with him during their meetings, but she will not allow him to accompany her to the theater. In July, Michael notices that Hanna becomes increasingly agitated and preoccupied. She seems very distant, even more so than usual. Their relationship is, at this point, about seven months old. Then one day Hanna seems particularly open and loving. She gently and carefully bathes Michael and spoils and indulges him. Their sexual intercourse seems particularly intense and satisfying.

Afterwards he leaves her apartment and joins his friends at a public swimming pool. Hours later, while reclining at the side of the swimming pool, Michael happens to look up and see Hanna, in the distance...

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