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The Cement Garden - Chapter Three Summary & Analysis

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Chapter Three Summary

Jack struggles to wake up, trying to escape a nightmare. He finds his mother sitting on the bed next to him and tells him that she wants to have a talk with him. She tries to subtly imply that she knows that Jack has a problem masturbating and that it is affecting his behavior. She encourages him to stop and tells him that it will help him; otherwise he will damage his body.

The game Jack plays with his sister stops when their father dies, but Father's death does not cause this—it is Sue who resists. She becomes ashamed and they do not know why; further, Julie is further away and has many secrets; she has conversations with just her and her mother. Julie also criticizes Jack frequently; one day he tries to retaliate by harassing her with gardening...

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