by Raymond Carver
Cathedral Part 2 Summary
- Robert and the narrator are alone together with the TV.
- The narrator isn't happy to be alone with Robert and wishes his wife would come back.
- The narrator asks Robert if he wants to smoke some marijuana and Robert agrees, though it's his first time.
- They smoke and have more drinks. When the woman comes back downstairs, "wearing her pink robe and her pink slippers" (2.6). She smokes a little with them.
- Sleepy, she tells Robert to go to bed whenever he's ready and then falls asleep on the couch between the two men.
- The narrator asks Robert if he's ready for bed and Robert says he'd rather stay up with the narrator.
- They haven't had a chance to talk.
- The narrator says he's "glad for the company" (2.28) and means it.
- Apparently, he does this every night, "smoke[s] dope and stay[s] up as long as he can" (2.29). Then he goes to bed and has dreams which make his heart beat very fast.
- The TV is showing a program about "the church and the Middle ages" (2.30).
- The narrator doesn't want to watch it, but there's nothing else on.
- He tells Robert he's sorry, and Robert says it's OK.
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