106 pages 3 hours read

Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2003

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Chapters 13-15Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 13 Summary

Snowman enters the bubble dome and sees the remains of Crake and Oryx, causing him to weep. He goes to the storeroom to retrieve supplies then collapses onto the bed in his former suite. He feels somewhat better the next day but still feels overwhelmed by the past.

After he killed Crake, Jimmy left his and Oryx’s bodies where they were, as he could not bear to touch them. He had heard the staff members pressing the buzzer, imploring him to let them in, but he ignored them. During the day, a Corpsman had called him, stating his belief that Crake had a vaccine and avowing to blow the door of the compound in. Jimmy, however, had pretended that there was “some very strange microbe activity” going on in the compound, and that he himself was only alive thanks to a biosuit. He also pretended that Crake had taken some money and headed to Bermuda. As for the other staff members, they stopped buzzing and Jimmy assumed that they had made a futile bid for safety.

Jimmy watched over the Crakers, who seemed content but curious about what had happened to Oryx—a discussion that Jimmy likened to “some demented theology debate.