The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook

by

Sharon Fleming

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Chapter 11
Summary

Racheal decides to visit Susan Barnham at their residence. During the short visit, Racheal realizes that Susan and her husband have been shipping some items back to England without any of the officials knowing. Susan informs Racheal that her husband, Keith has a mission to root out all the previous Nazi regime supporters. Susan continues to inquire more about Racheal and her relationship with Lubert. Although Racheal denies showing sympathy towards Lubert, Susan insists that the way they stared at each other during the party said a lot. (Brook 244-245).

In another scene, Frieda is in Edmund’s bedroom chatting. Since Christmas Eve, Frieda had become friendlier to Edmund (Brook 245). She observes that Cuthbert [Edmund’s soldier doll] had been stitched; and states while smiling, that Racheal had done a good job stitching it. Frieda moves to the dollhouse and switches her doll and Edmund’s doll on the first floor while placing the Lubert and Racheal dolls in the master bedroom. Although Edmund does not say anything, the arrangement of the dolls gives him a strange feeling (Brook 246).

In a new scene, Racheal and Lubert’s intimate relationship continues. In order to be alone together, the two agree to meet in a cabin that is not far from Lubert’s house. After having an intimate moment, Lubert asks Racheal if she would agree to live with him. The chapter ends with Racheal agreeing to accompany Lubert to his home town, “most beautiful city in Germany, Lübeck.” (Brook 252).

Analysis

The British officials are still focusing on getting the Nazis and holding them to justice. In this discussion, the author seems to suggest to the readers that Frieda thinks that Nazi supporters, led by Albert, will rise again and defeat the British. In addition, the rearrangement of the dolls seems to suggest that Frieda knows about Racheal and Lubert’s relationship. The author also seems to suggest that Frieda’s sudden softening towards Edmund could signify hope of the house being a site of reconciliation.

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