The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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The Woman in Cabin 10: Chapter 27 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The next morning, the girl comes in with a breakfast tray, dressed as Anne. At first, she reacts fiercely when Lo reveals she’s figured out what she and Bullmer have been up to. When she asks why Lo couldn’t stop digging, Lo explains, “Because I knew what it was like to be you … what it’s like to wake up in the night, afraid for your life.” When the girl angrily snarls that that’s not her, Lo points out, “It will be, though.”
Once again, Lo’s own traumatic experience has equipped her to recognize and desire to help someone else who’s trapped in a bad situation. She also perceives that, whether the girl yet recognizes it or not, her own life will soon be at risk, when Bullmer is finished with her.
Themes
Entrapment and Isolation Theme Icon
Perception vs. Reality Theme Icon
Trauma, Mental Illness, and Resilience Theme Icon
The girl insists that she and Bullmer are in love. Lo seizes on this, pointing out that if it were true, Bullmer would have divorced Anne long ago—but then he’d have missed out on her fortune. More likely, Bullmer saw the girl at his club and hatched a plan whereby he could still wind up with Anne’s money, even if she survived her cancer. The girl furiously storms out of the room and doesn’t reappear with food for supper. Lo begins to fear she’s made a terrible mistake.
Lo zeroes in on the girl’s weak spot, perceiving that Bullmer’s love for her isn’t genuine, and that deep down, the girl knows it—in other words, she, too, is trapped. Though Lo fears she’s pressed her captor a step too far, her intuition and courage are evident.
Themes
Entrapment and Isolation Theme Icon
Perception vs. Reality Theme Icon
Trauma, Mental Illness, and Resilience Theme Icon
Ambition and Compassion Theme Icon
Wealth and Power Theme Icon
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