Small Island

Small Island

by

Andrea Levy

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Small Island: Chapter 34: Queenie Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Queenie is stunned to see Bernard arrive casually at the house, as if he’d never been gone. When she remarks caustically that he’s “been away a long time,” his only reply is “Indeed.” Queenie tells him that she’s going to require a much better explanation than that.
Bernard doesn’t seem to have changed much in his time away—he’s still terse and standoffish. On the other hand, years of independence have made Queenie much more outspoken and willing to demand the things she wants.
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