Surfacing - Chapters 11-12 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11: The next morning, the narrator and Joe are distant to each other. She wants the relationship as it was prior to their discussion of marriage. She goes out after breakfast with the food scraps to feed the birds again like her mother. As she is feeding the birds, Paul and a strange man drive up in a powerboat. The men reach the dock and get out of their boat to meet the narrator, who greets Paul and his friend Bill Malmstrom, who is associated with the Detroit Wildlife Protection Association of America. Paul exchanges an armload of vegetables with the narrator, who can only give him the feeble vegetables from the garden that was weeded-over just days ago. She tells him she believes her father is alive but has “gone for the trees,” and Paul shows some sympathy. Bill Malmstrom explains to her he...

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