The Woman in Cabin 10

by

Ruth Ware

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The Woman in Cabin 10: Chapter 32 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
When she reaches the upper levels of the ship, Lo is shocked by the dazzling light of the chandelier and by the convincing sight of “Anne” she glimpses in the glass. She forces herself to maintain a measured pace and fight back panic as she makes her way to the Bullmers’ suite. It’s 11:15 at night, and Richard will be back any minute. She puts on some of Carrie’s street clothes underneath Anne’s kimono. She finds the wallet filled with money that Carrie had told her to take, then fleetingly considers taking a handgun she finds, but leaves it behind. She hears someone speaking to Bullmer in the hallway, turns off the light, and sneaks onto the veranda.
Given the evil truth about Bullmer, the oppressive glare of the chandelier is like a slap in the face, not a welcome relief, as Lo emerges from the depths of the ship. Despite the terror that’s engulfing her, she manages to hold herself together and act the part of Anne, following Carrie’s plan.
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Lo hides out of sight of the window, but in the reflection on the glass safety barrier, she can see Bullmer sprawled on the bed, watching television. Lo waits for a long time, eventually hearing the boat’s engine start up. Bullmer is still awake, so Lo realizes she has no choice but to climb over the glass barrier above the ocean in order to make her way to the adjacent cabin.
Even under the most terrifying circumstances, Lo maintains sufficient calm to fight for her own survival.
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Lo manages to pull herself up so she’s sitting astride the wall of glass, at least two stories above the ocean. She’s in full view of Bullmer, but he doesn’t turn to look out onto the veranda. She then pulls herself up to a standing position, ready to swing herself around to the veranda on the opposite side. But her shoes get no purchase on the slippery glass, and soon she finds herself falling toward the depths of the fjord below. She hits the icy water and feels herself being pulled under by a current.
Lo manages to avoid Bullmer and to escape the Aurora, but it still might be the death of her.
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