The Bell Jar - Chapter 19 and Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 19

Joan tells Esther that she wants to be a psychiatrist. She is getting to leave Belsize. She will live in Cambridge with one of the nurses who needs a roommate. Esther is jealous. She has been accepted back into her college, but while she waits for the semester to start she is staying at Belsize. Dr. Nolan believes that she should not stay with her mother because it would not be good for her recovery.

Esther has town privileges. She meets Irwin outside of the library. She decides that he will be the man to whom she loses her virginity. She needs someone who is intelligent and experienced to balance her lack of experience. Irwin is a mathematics professor, and she believes him to be very experienced. She has felt like her virginity was a millstone around her neck since learning...

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