Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chapter 7

Tension rises in the protagonist's home as his move is viewed more as giving up his job, instead of a transition to something new. His wife is petrified, and his children have long faces.

His older brother, an overachieving doctor, who rides a bicycle even though he can afford not to, comes in. He is a calming influence on the house, coming every day for a glass of wine and looking after everyone's health. After listening to both of them, he counsels a three month leave and leaves a certificate so that he can get it.

From there, it's off to the offices of his old job to line things up. He returns home, reporting that he will not take any paid sick leave. The chapter ends with his saying, "And now, the world of cheese was open to me."

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