Chapter 5 Enduring Love

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How does McEwan tell the story in Chapter 5?
After a second meeting of the day about judging a science book prize, Joe returns to the flat
desperate to talk to Clarissa about Jed. Unfortunately for Joe, Clarissa is still out for lunch with
her brother. He works to relive his anxiety, writing a piece on how the narrative science of the
19th Century was replaced by the theoretical science of the 20th Century, but conceding that it
is possible to write a very different and contradictory narrative of this development. Clarissa
returns and tells him about her brother's betrayal and impending divorce. When they proceed to
have an romantic night in bed together Joe decides not Clarissa about Parry, and has unplugged
the phone to try to keep him away.


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