The Girl on the Train | Study Guide

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The Girl on the Train | Megan (Chapter 6) | Summary

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On January 10, 2013, Megan shares in her therapy session with Kamal that she ran away from home after her brother's death and moved in with a man named Craig McKenzie. At home that evening, she searches for him online. Scott finds out and starts a jealous fight.

On Friday, February 8, 2013, Megan has another session with Kamal, and she recounts the fight with Scott. Kamal expresses concern about her husband's possessive behavior and declines Megan's invitation to go out for a drink. She follows him home and kisses him; although he is clearly attracted to her, he refuses her advances. On her way home she runs into Anna.

After a nap, she wakes up and thinks about "him" leaving in the middle of the night. She feels as if someone else has been in the house and locks the doors and waits for Scott.

Analysis

This chapter reiterates how wrong Rachel was in her assumption that Jess and Jason lived a perfect life. Their marriage is mired in lies and deceit. Yet while Rachel longs for routine and the suburban lifestyle of a wife and mother, Megan wishes to break from it to not suffocate in the routine and predictability. She seems to love Scott, yet she engages in an affair, and thus seems to have more in common with Tom than with Rachel. However, like Rachel, Megan displays a strong sense of guilt. While Rachel's sense of guilt seems connected to her misbehavior when drunk, Megan's sense of guilt seems rooted in her sexually explicit behavior with men other than her husband. Both are ashamed of behaviors that are traditionally less acceptable in women than in men, suggesting that the novel is exploring the role of women in society.

Although Megan never mentions her lover's name, her sexually explicit behavior in therapy and at Kamal's home seems to point to Kamal. If so, is their affair at the heart of Megan's disappearance? Did they run off with each other? Was Megan not as careful as she thought and Scott found out about their affair? The suspicions planted in Rachel's chapter are supported in Megan's, increasing the suspense and engaging the reader to compare the two perspectives.

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