The Girl on the Train | Study Guide

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The Girl on the Train | Megan (Chapter 12) | Summary

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On Tuesday, March 21, 2013, Megan is angry because her lover has not contacted her in several days. She keeps calling his cellphone and plans to even call his home if he doesn't answer. Scott asks her to cancel her therapy session so they can entertain friends for dinner, but she goes to see Kamal anyway. She tries to kiss Kamal, but he asks her to stop, because it is inappropriate. Angry, she imagines that she will get him fired, but discards the idea immediately because she likes him. She doesn't want to go home because she can't explain the bruises Kamal gave her when pushing her away.

Analysis

While Rachel's perspective casts suspicion on Scott, Megan's perspective makes Kamal seem suspicious. Is he her lover? Although she never explicitly says so, their behavior suggests it. Megan throws herself at him, while he pushes her away, saying that he should never have let it get that far. What is "that far"? An affair? The fact that a sexual relationship between a therapist and his patient is inappropriate could very well be the reason why Kamal, her lover, no longer responds to Megan's texts. In addition, Megan's idea to get him fired would provide a motive for him to go out of his way to keep Megan from exposing their affair. The bruises on Megan's arm suggest a level of physical strength and a potential for violence. It seems Kamal had the opportunity, motive, and strength to harm her.

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