feeling of relief pass over you, of old confusions or obligations wiped away?
Does the narrator lean toward some
sort of moral lesson by asking this question? This quote gives us a pretty big
hint as to why
Grace has been drawn back to the Ottawa Valley after so many years away.
Grace's memories of these parking
sessions…proved to be much hazier than her memories of sitting at the Traverses'
round dining table. (34)
Poor Maury, his family's dinner
conversations were more memorable to Grace than their steamy moments in his
car. It would be interesting to hear from Maury as an old man—how he remembers
that summer and the time he spent with Grace, and whether or not he recalls those
late night parking sessions either.
Even in some
of those details she must have been wrong. (170)
Maybe when we're in love, or falling
in love, we interpret details in a certain way to better suit our feelings.
When we look back later, we might realize things were actually quite different
than we thought they were. A lot of us might feel this way about our first
boyfriend or girlfriend—you know, that "what-the-heck-was-I-thinking" feeling.
realized it was time to say good-bye. As a matter of fact she does not know to
this day if those words were spoken. (301)
How does the inclusion of a spoken
good-bye change Grace and Neil's final moments together? How about the absence
of a good-bye? It sounds like Grace has been carrying around some unfinished
business with Neil all these years after that fateful night.