The Girl on the Train | Study Guide

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The Girl on the Train | Megan (Chapter 33) | Summary

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On Friday, July 12, 2013, Megan finds out that she is pregnant, but she does not know who the father is. She wants to keep the baby, but she is afraid that she will fail. She asks Kamal to come over to help her deal with this. He reassures her that whether or not she stays with Scott, she and her baby will be fine, that she is no longer an immature teenager, but a strong woman who will take care of the baby. He leans down to kiss her good-bye just as the train rumbles by.

The next morning, on Saturday, July 13, Megan has decided to do the right thing. In the evening, she tells Scott about the affair and stresses that it is over. But before she can even tell him about the baby, he throws the wedding picture at the wall and chokes her. She runs away and locks herself into the bedroom. Scott apologizes through the locked door, but she decides that she can't stay with a violent man. She finds an old cellphone and calls the father of the baby, but he doesn't pick up. She leaves to go to Tom's house, but loses the nerve and goes to the park instead. Just as she is about to go back home, she sees Tom coming out of the underpass, full of rage. He tells her to get in the car so they can talk somewhere quietly.

Analysis

This chapter at the end of the novel takes us back to the beginning. It is the day before Megan disappears and the day when Rachel sees her kissing another man. Megan's perspective discloses that Rachel was right: Megan did kiss another man, and that other man was Kamal. But it turns out that the facts alone do not necessarily reveal the whole truth. Kamal was not Megan's lover; she did have a lover, but it was Tom, another woman's supposedly perfect husband. Megan was not planning to leave Scott because of another man; she wanted to start a family with him until he drove her away with a violent fit of jealousy.

Megan's perspective of the day of her disappearance at once validates and invalidates Rachel's point of view, as if to stress that things are never what they seem at first glance. When Megan gets into Tom's car she looks back over her shoulder and notices that somebody is watching them, as if to acknowledge Rachel and the fact that although they never actually meet, they'll be inextricably bound together by a moment of mutual recognition.

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