Plot Line Overview
Rising Action: Richard and his wife tell their children at the dinner table about the split and they have trouble with it.
Rising Action 2: Richard picks up his oldest son from a concert and tells him about the split in the car on the way back.
Climax: Richard tucks his son in to bed, and his son asks him why Richard and his wife are separating. This makes Richard realize that he has forgotten.
There is no falling action or resolution.
Richard is extremely upset about the split, but he realizes at the very end that he has forgotten why he and his wife are separating. This is horrible to him, and comes as a tremendous shock.
Joan: She is Richard's wife. She is emotional as well, but she says that she cried all her tears a long time ago. She is not as direct as Richard, she is in favor of telling the children individually. She is very good at conveying information, and it very good at giving people pep talks and encouragement.
"Why. It was the whistle of wind in a crack, a knife thrust, a window thrown open on emptiness. The white face was gone, the darkness was featureless. Richard had forgotten why."