Norman Bowker has driven the seven mile stretch, running the edge of the lake for 42 miles. He passes a girl he used to go to school with and sees she is married. He debated going to talk to her but decided against it, because she was happy.
The Night By the River
Norman imagines multiple conservations where he tells people of the 7 medals he has but the one he did not receive because of his cowardness.
Norman pulled into an A&W, and watch as a woman brought some food to the vehicle near him and he then had an awkward encounter with the woman.
Norman relived the night by the river where they were in a field. It was raining nonstop and the mud seemed to engulf them while they slept. He learned it was a shit field. They were attacked and one of his friends was being sucked under the mud and he tried to pull him out but couldn't stand the smell so he ran away.
Norman pulled into the A&W and order some food. the guy was surprised at how little food he had ordered. The guy asked him what does he really want and he began to tell him of the medals but stopped because he thought it didn't matter.
Norman pulled into Sunset Park and watched the fireworks. It was a pretty good show.