The Thorn Birds - Chapter 19 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 19 Summary

Rainer reads of Cardinal de Bricassart's death in the Bonn paper. Rushing to Rome to be at Cardinal Contini-Verchese's side, he learns that de Bricassart has been deteriorating steadily in the months since Dane's death. He sends a cable to his lover, Justine, demanding to know why she has not told him of de Bricassart's death when it occurred, weeks ago. Justine writes back that she felt grief is ugly, and did not want to be ugly around Rainer. The Cardinal died on Drogheda, just a few hours after Justine left. Later, Rainer finds he has been appointed administrator of the Carson fortune, including Drogheda, in Cardinal de Bricassart's will. Rainer accepts the responsibility on the condition that it is anonymous.

Justine is wracked with guilt over Dane's death. She thinks that if she had joined him on vacation in Greece, as she usually did, somehow she...

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