The Dharma Bums - Chapter 26 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 26 Summary

A last huge party is planned for Japhy's going away. As the party nears, however, Japhy and Ray find themselves largely uninterested, as they have become bored of the party scene. Rhoda Ryder, Japhy's sister, and her fiancy visit Japhy and Ray. Rhoda's fiancy is a firmly middle-class man who aspires to work, wealth and traditional family life. He spends several hours tight-lipped and smiling while Japhy lambastes the middle-class lifestyle and remonstrates with Rhoda for her planned marriage. Throughout it all, Ray remains calm and resists lustful feelings, instead choosing to meditate.

Chapter 26 Analysis

A short interlude, Chapter Twenty-Six deals with a visit by Japhy's sister Rhoda. Rhoda and her fiancy visit Japhy before they go on to be married. Japhy is upset that she is planning on a life of middle-class values and argues her decision, even questioning whether her fiancy...

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