Surfacing - Chapters 15-16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 15: Joe has nightmares again, and tensions continue to build as before. David and Anna argue again, and when they go to look for a rock painting after breakfast and the narrator cannot find it, David wants an explanation. The narrator begins to think about how language can connect to everything one does or thinks. She again thinks of the dead heron and suddenly has a memory of discovering her father’s study lab on the island near the spot where she sits. She recalls she let all of her father’s specimens and live animals loose, cleaned out the jars and tins, and hid for the entire afternoon after she had done the act. She wishes the world were more like the brightly colored Easter-egg-world full of innocent rabbits she colored in her childhood journals rather than full of death and war.

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