By John Updike

Plot Line

This story is about an older couple who are struggling with the decision to divorce. They have made the conclusion, to separate and live apart for a summer to see if they want to divorce. Now, they have to bring all of their four children home to give the big news.


The theme is family. It is about bringing family together while also breaking it apart. It describes about family going through one of the toughest times a family can go through. The theme tells about family and conflict and going though though times.
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Character Information

Most of the character information is expressed though the text. It isn't really explained though direct characterization. Usually any information is articulated through indirect characterization through the text.

Major Conflict

The major conflict is about the parents separating and having to tell their four children. In which they have all gathered back home to break the news.