The Girl on the Train | Study Guide

Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train | Rachel (Chapter 13) | Summary



On Monday, July 22, 2013, Rachel remembers how Scott pulled her into the house because he didn't want the journalists to see her. He confirms that the police arrested Kamal Abdic. Scott wants to know why she is there, and Rachel tells him that she didn't want him to be alone. However, he is not alone—his mother is visiting and ushers Rachel out at the very moment Tom and Anna are walking with the baby. Now that Kamal has been arrested, Rachel assumes Megan will be home soon.


Rachel feels empathy for Scott, assuming that he, a man who has been cheated on and abandoned by his wife, is as lonely as she is, a woman who has been cheated on and abandoned by her husband. However, Scott neither wants nor needs her empathy. The kinship she feels is false, as Scott is not alone. His mother is taking care of him, making it very clear that Rachel is an intruder in Scott's life. Her humiliation is complete when she realizes that Tom and Anna are watching as she is asked to leave. It becomes all too clear that Rachel is utterly alone, as neither Scott nor Tom have any room for her in their respective lives. Nonetheless, holding her head up high, she claims to be glad that she helped bring Kamal to justice.

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