The Lost Wife - Chapters 40-45 Summary & Analysis

Alyson Richman
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Chapter 40

(flashback) Rita managed to give birth, but the child barely survived. Nobody expected it to last the night. Oskar brought Lenka over, begging her to draw a portrait of the child. Lenka captured Rita and her child on a stolen piece of paper, using her own blood to add some color to the drawing.

Chapter 41

Josef admits that he never told his family about Lenka. He thinks that they would have looked at his marriage to Amalia as being done out of fear, because he wouldn’t want to be alone. He admits that was part of it. His daughter told him at one point that he was listed among the dead during World War II. He was devastated when he found this out because he kept imagining Lenka mourning his loss, having no hope in the last moments of her life...

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