Shadowlands - Study Guide Act 2, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

William Nicholson
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Act 2, Scene 5 Summary

Lewis sits at Joy's bedside as the doctor enters. The doctor attempts to encourage Lewis but has little concrete evidence of improvement to offer him. Joy wakes up in good spirits. They cautiously discuss her improving health, not wanting to jinx the situation. She asks if she will have to return the ring if she gets better. He tells her that it is hers to keep for all eternity.

Act 2, Scene 5 Analysis

As Joy's condition improves, everyone is afraid to embrace the good news, to get his or her hopes up. Even their belief in God's wisdom is not strong enough to allow them to be confident in the turn of events. They are superstitious and careful in their happiness.

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