The Wars

The Wars


Timothy Findley

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The Wars: Part 1, Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

After arguing with Robert, Mrs. Ross retires to her bedroom and refuses to open the door when Tom knocks.
Mrs. Ross uses alcohol as an emotional crutch for her grief, foreshadowing an inability to cope with negative emotions and an ongoing struggle with substance abuse that stems from the deeply traumatizing effects of losing a child.
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