Louie’s kind, beautiful, and fiercely independent wife whom he meets and marries after the war, Cynthia comes from a wealthy, respectable family. Their marriage disintegrates when Louie, affected by PTSD, begins to drink heavily and becomes abusive. She is about to divorce him when she attends a Billy Graham Christian revival meeting that fosters in her a renewed faith and determination to preserve her marriage. She then brings Louie to another meeting, resulting in his own “rebirth” in Christianity. Her patience, faith, and affection help Louie out of his downward spiral of depression and alcoholism.
The timeline below shows where the character Cynthia Applewhite appears in Unbroken. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 34: The Shimmering Girl
...Miami, while spending the two weeks of paid vacation awarded to returning servicemen, Louie meets Cynthia Applewhite on the beach. Cynthia comes from a wealthy family, but has an impulsive, passionate,... (full context)
Chapter 35: Coming Undone
Chapter 37: Twisted Ropes
...his newborn daughter, Cissy, has no effect on pacifying his murderous fantasies and alcoholism. After Cynthia comes home to find Louie violently shaking their child, she takes the child and goes... (full context)
Chapter 38: A Beckoning Whistle