Surfacing - Chapters 5-6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5: The narrator wakes early in the morning with thoughts of Joe as he sleeps beside her.. She realizes she is not sure she loves him and thinks about her divorce. She has a memory of playing with paper dolls and how important the fashion and appearance of the female dolls was to her. She sleeps again and then awakens later to dress and make a fire.

She finds her mother’s leather jacket with sunflower seeds in the pocket and talks to Anna, who is putting on makeup and tells her David does not know she wears it. The narrator makes breakfast for the group and they discuss going hiking to look for her father. Again, the narrator’s husband “intrudes” in her memory, as if he is on the hike too. She is reminded he was first a writing teacher in college and refers to...

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