By John Updike
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.
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.
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.