The House of God - Chapter 21 Summary & Analysis

Samuel Shem
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Chapter 21 Summary

Roy denies Berry's comment that he is a machine and continues to jog every day. He deals with a woman with end stage liver disease and puts in several IV lines in her. At about four a.m., she dies. Her husband is there and crying.

The next day is the marathon, and he watches the marathoners run, including Pinkus. He goes to outpatient clinic and finds out that Chuck has been making appointments for dead people to his clinic so he has no one showing up. However, he's found out. He buys his first rod and reel, like Pinkus, so he'll have a hobby.

Chapter 21 Analysis

In this short chapter, we find that Chuck has done something wrong in order to cope with the heavy clinic load. We deal with the death of a young woman from liver failure—one who has a family as Roy finds out. He deals with the effect of these deaths on family members. He continues his idolizing of Pinkus by jogging and taking up the same hobby Pinkus has.

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