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The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones Chapter 23 Summary How It All Goes Down
The next morning Ray wakes up in his room, where he's curled up with Ruth, his world changed. Around three he had woken up and read Ruth's journal, with its details of murdered women and girls. At the hospital, Buckley is wheeling Jack out to the car followed by Lindsey and Abigail. Ruana is thinking about divorcing her husband when she hears Ruth and Ray moving about upstairs. When they come down, she gives them pie and coffee. Hal, Buckley, Lynn, and Samuel are at home, waiting for the newly reunited family to return from the hospital. Lynn has the champagne out for the occasion. Hal's brought a drum set for Buckley, an early thirteenth birthday present. Susie watches her family arrive home. When Lindsey and Abigail are getting Jack's bags from the trunk, Lindsey asks her mother if she'll hurt Jack again. Abigail says she'll try not to. Lindsey tells her she knows she had an affair with Fenerman. When Abigail gets into the house, she goes straight to Susie's old bedroom, to tell Susie she loves her, then joins the others downstairs. Over champagne, Samuel toasts everybody, and says how proud and happy he is to be marrying Lindsey, and he kisses her in front of everybody. Susie tells us, "These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections […] that happened after I was gone" (23.79). Hal notices Ray and Ruana outside the house, dropping off a pie on the porch. He opens the door to invite them in. While Susie's loved ones enjoy each other's company, Ruth roams the cornfield, thinking of Susie. Later, Samuel tells Ray and Ruana about his plans to renovate the old Victorian house where he and Lindsey got engaged. Ray tells him that Ruth's dad owns the house. Samuel is amazed. And then Susie's stops watching.
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