The Expats: A Novel Symbols & Objects

Chris Pavone
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Rain

Rain is a literary symbol that can mean either a cleansing or can signify an ominous foreboding. Throughout this book, rain takes on the gloomy symbolism. The rainy Monday that starts Chapter 8 is a symbolic continuation of the weekend hangovers Kate and Dexter had after their Saturday night double date with Julia and Bill. The rain is a visual representation of the "psychic unease" that lingers in Kate after seeing Bill leave the club with another woman and watching Julia eye Dexter from the dance floor. Since rain can also be the precursor to an all-out storm, this initial rainy day after meeting Bill and Julia foreshadows the storm that their relationships will develop.

In Chapter 12, the gray misting rain is symbolic of Kate's mood. She is bored. When Bill emerges from his office wearing bright colors, he sets a contrast to the weather and to...

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