The Love Affair of Nathaniel P - Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Nate’s love affairs lead him to a sense of resignation rather than to closure. Without planning to, he ends up staying with Greer beyond the amount of time he had been with Hannah; after dating for a little over a year, they move in together. With Greer, Nate feels free to live two lives: “He retained a separate sense of self, which was untouched, free, no matter how obliged his physical person was to, say, come to Greer’s aid when she got scared” (233). Though he thought of Hannah from time to time with regret, he does not miss the feeling that the whole of him was what she desired and expected.

Unsurprisingly, Aurit is the last of Nate’s friends to appear on the scene, returning from a trip to Israel and Germany. When she finds out that Nate is now dating...

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