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The Reader Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 3, Chapter 8 Summary

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Part 3, Chapter 8 Summary

Michael travels to the prison where he briefly meets the warden and then he meets Hanna. He sees her sitting in the yard and is stunned by her aged appearance. Hanna has grown fat and frumpy while Michael's mind's-eye picture of her has not changed from the time she was his lover and in her mid-30s. He sits by her and remembers that she used to smell of soap, perfume and sex. Now, she smells like an old woman. Hanna and Michael make small talk. Hanna is, at first, very excited to see Michael. When she discerns that he is emotionally distant and no longer a child, the sparkle goes out of her eye. Michael tells Hanna, briefly, about his life since their relationship, and then he bids her farewell and returns home.

Part 3, Chapter 8 Analysis

The Hanna of Michael's imagination has remained young...

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