Songs of the Humpback Whale - Chapter 22, Rebecca July 21, 1990 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 22, Rebecca July 21, 1990 Summary

Hadley is avoiding Rebecca the day after Rebecca confided her life story to him, about how her father ignores her and that she nearly died in a plane crash after her parents separated once before. Confused, Rebecca wanders the orchard until she finds her mother sitting under a newly-sprayed tree. In a role-reversal, Jane whines about Sam's rudeness while Rebecca reminds her that they arrived uninvited. Jane describes the mutual disgust between the college-bound children of Newton and the Minuteman Tech students. Jane's real frustration seems to be that Sam, a graduate of Minuteman Tech, is happy running an orchard. Jane's snobbishness cannot accept happiness outside of greater academic achievement.

Later at diner, Joley makes small talk while Sam and Hadley talk business. Jane tries to enter the conversation by asking questions about the orchard. Sam, who holds a...

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