The Pale Pink Roast Summary & Study Guide

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The Pale Pink Roast Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:

This detailed literature summary also contains Quotes and a Free Quiz on The Pale Pink Roast by Grace Paley.

The following version of this story was used to create this study guide: Paley, Grace. “The Pale Pink Roast.” The Little Disturbances of Man. New York: Penguin Books, 1985, p. 41 - 52.

The story begins with Peter, a well-built and charismatic man, having encountered his ex-wife, Anna, and his daughter, Judy, in the park. Judy was excited to see Peter, but Anna did not expect him to meet them there. After joking with Judy, Peter spoke with Anna. They discussed the fact that he had not been able to communicate well with Anna since their separation.

Peter then asked to see Anna’s apartment and leave Judy with someone for a few hours. He called out to Louie, someone Peter, Judy, and Anna knew years ago. Louie took Judy to an ice cream vendor, and Peter paid for the ice cream. Next, Peter and Anna went to Anna’s apartment.

Peter remarked on the expensive appearance of the apartment. They discussed Peter’s health and stature, reminisced about the past, and complimented each other’s appearances. Anna refused to tell Peter how she could afford such an expensive apartment. Peter then offered to do some house work, so he organized Anna’s shelves and fixed her blinds.

They began to brew a pot of coffee, but Peter seduced Anna, and they made love. They re-started the coffee pot while they spoke about what had just happened. Anna finally revealed that she had a husband, which is why she could afford the apartment. Peter was offended, because he felt that he was tricked into committing adultery. As he stormed out, Anna told him that she wanted to make love to Peter because she still loved him. This caused Peter to feel better, so Peter and Anna parted on good terms.

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