When she gets home from her meeting with Nathalie and Gaspard in Orléans, Julia lies down, exhausted. She receives a phone call from Charla. When she learns that Julia has not had the abortion, Charla says she is “so proud.” After hanging up, Julia thinks about her conversation with Gaspard and feels “vitality pumping back into [her].”
This chapter shows the positive effect that researching Sarah’s story is having on Julia. She seems to be gaining confidence and a sense of purpose from making connections with people from Sarah’s life. Even as tracking down Sarah takes an emotional toll on Julia, it also revitalizes her in a deep way, helping her feel more connected not only to people in the past but also in the present.