The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook

by

Sharon Fleming

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Chapter 8
Summary

Edmund was impatiently waiting for his tutor Koenig to present him the cigarettes, which he hopes, would help him to get a travel pass to the United States to meet live with his brother. (Brook 186). However, as the time ticked by, there is no sign of Koenig. Edmund watches the gates as Lewis’s Mercedes appeared and wonders why his father is home earlier than usual. Lewis greets his son and sits in Koenig's chair. A few minutes later, Lewis breaks the news that Koenig would not be Edmund’s tutor anymore. Apparently, Koenig was found to have been working for the Nazi Special Police and thus, likely to go to prison (Brook 187).

In another scene, Racheal is in the dining room setting the table for the guests. Lewis enters the dining room and compliments Racheal’s efforts (Brook 189). The couple exchange some words before Heike interrupts. It is apparent that Lewis has to take the telephone, which he presumes must be an urgent matter for the caller to reach him in his residence. After receiving the call, Lewis goes upstairs and informs Racheal that he has to go to the office since there has been a riot that has resulted in a shooting. Racheal mockingly sends Lewis on his way by saying “Go on then. Go and save Germany “(Brook 192). The party is going well until Major Burnham breaks the vase on the back of the piano. Lubert gets into the house with his forehead badly cut and almost gets into a fight with Major Burnham. Racheal and Susan intervene and Racheal requests the guests to call it a night (Brook 201). Racheal helps Lubert to clean the wound, an encounter that leads to both Racheal and Lubert passionately kissing (Brook 205-206).

Analysis

This chapter discusses British efforts to cleanse Germany by identifying supporters of the Nazi regime. It is apparent that any association with the previous regime is considered as a criminal offense as evidenced by Koenig's case. Brook also used this chapter to show the developing romantic feelings between Racheal and Lubert. It is obvious that Lewis’ dedication to his work is damaging his relationship with Racheal, paving the way for a possible betrayal.

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