The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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The Woman in Cabin 10: Chapter 19 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Lo goes to the Nobel Suite for her prearranged meeting with Richard Bullmer. She is thrown when Anne Bullmer, with a tear-stained face, answers the door. Lo isn’t sure what to say, finding both the tears and Anne’s gaunt face “unsettling.” She has trouble squaring Anne’s wealth and privilege with her helpless suffering. She finally explains why she’s come, and Anne tells her to find Bullmer in the hot tub or at dinner. Lo feels “shame” when she awkwardly wishes Anne “luck” with her ongoing cancer treatment.
As before, Lo feels compassion for the apparently sick and troubled Anne, but she struggles to respond to her appropriately on the spur of the moment. She recognizes that, even though Anne seems to have everything she could want, she’s vulnerable, fighting for her life.
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Lo goes outside onto the cold, misty deck and finds Lars, Chloe, Bullmer, and Cole in an enormous Jacuzzi. Lo says she isn’t sure if now is the right time to speak to Bullmer. He replies, “What feels like prudence is almost invariably cowardice—and someone else gets in there before you.” Bullmer orders a champagne for Lo, which she awkwardly accepts, then launches into her story, describing the noises she’d heard from the neighboring cabin last night.
Bullmer’s statement sounds a bit odd, under the circumstances, but Lo decides to take it to heart and say what’s on her mind, even with an audience. Talking about a possible murder with champagne in hand is an uncomfortable contrast and underlines the awkward tension between affluence and malice aboard the Aurora.
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Just as Lo reaches the part of the story where she saw that the blood had disappeared from the glass on the veranda, Cole breaks a champagne glass and cuts his hand. As Bullmer smoothly jumps into action to help the bleeding man and the shaken Chloe, he tells Lo to wait for him in the restaurant, where they’ll run through what she actually saw and heard.
The timing of Cole’s shocking interruption seems suspect, as though he wanted to stop Lo from speaking further. Bullmer, though, is unfazed.
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