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Henry takes Catherine to a hotel to make love to her. For the lovers, the hospital and the hotel rooms are like home. Henry makes her feel like a whore, not something a loving husband should do..
In this chapter, we get to know more about Catherine’s religion. First, she refuses to go into a cathedral, not because she is guilty but because she simply sees it as unnecessary. Catholicism says that it is a sin to live with a man without marriage. However, Catherine considers that she is married to Henry; she is his wife and they do what married couples do. She longs to do something sinful.
From the beginning, time, in terms of seasons, is meticulously planned.
There was a time gap of one year between the first and second chapter
but from then on, every day was significant. As time started ticking,
there was sense of urgency, because time was really running short for
the lovers, hence the poem about time overtaking human beings. They became
optimistic about an uncertain future, made promises which would quell
their anxiety, like having several babies, a home, etc. By now, the reader
is made aware of inevitability of fate and of a feeling that things are
going to go wrong. This is achieved by the symbol of rain, which signals
disaster. Rain accompanies all crucial events in the novel, which often
tend to be disastrous.
Henry and Catherine walked down the stairs. Initially, the manager, who
was Henry’s acquaintance, had refused payment for the room. But, when
they checked out, he had conveniently stationed a waiter in the lobby
to make sure that he paid. Pregnant, Catherine felt hungry often. It was
raining hard when they reached the station. Henry got on the train and
it moved away. The machine-gunner had kept a seat for him but a captain
objected, saying that he had come first. Henry gave up the seat to him.
There were no more vacant seats so Henry slept on the floor of the corridor,
hugging his luggage.
The persistent symbol, the rain, occurs here at the parting of the lovers. Henry gives up the seat to the captain without argument because he feels that the latter is right or because the latter outranks him. Previously, he had given up a fight with another officer in the mess because the other was a better man than he. Henry strikes us as a man without strong convictions.
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