Julia’s due date approaches. Bertrand has decided to delay moving to the rue de Saintonge apartment due to Julia’s difficult pregnancy. Julia feels trapped in this extended waiting. She wonders obsessively about how William is processing what she told him about his mother.
This chapter suggests that Julia is grappling with feelings of guilt over her interactions with William. Julia’s worry about William also suggests that she might care about him as more than just Sarah’s son, implying that she is perhaps romantically attracted to him.