Study Guide

The Usual Rules Chapter 21

By Joyce Maynard

Chapter 21

  • Wendy goes to visit Violet on the weekend and they watch an episode Maury together that features a girl who has sex with her mother's boyfriend.
  • From the crib, Walter Charles starts crying and Violet admits that she's afraid she'll be a bad mom like the one on TV—someone who could accuse her daughter of seducing her husband instead of standing up for her child against a predator.
  • Wendy assures her that she loves Walter Charles too much to be like that, but Violet says that sometimes she wants to have her old life again. She misses it.