The Boys in the Boat Chapter 19-Epilogue Summary & Analysis
Chapter 19 Summary
After the result is announced, the boys row to the grandstand “to polite applause” (353). They are given their wreaths and medals. Joe watches as the American flag is raised, and his eyes water. “By the time it was over, they were all fighting back tears” (355). That night, Joe stares at his gold medal and realizes that the true prize is the connection he has forged with all of his teammates. Finally recovered from his difficult childhood, Joe feels finally “whole” (355) and “ready to go home” (355).
The boys return to America, where they are greeted with ticker-tape parades. By September, Joe is back home, trying once again to raise enough money for his next year’s tuition. The next year, the boys row again, this time without Bobby Moch, who had graduated. They swept the Poughkeepsie Regatta once again, and when Joe finally graduated, he (along with Shorty and Roger) “had never once been defeated” (359).
In Germany, after the closing ceremonies, Hitler, Goebbels, and the rest of the Nazi leadership prepared for war. Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia premiered in April 1938, and the next day, Hitler and his cabinet made preliminary plans to invade Czechoslovakia.
Joe graduated from Washington in 1939 and married Joyce that same day. They raised five children together, and Joyce made sure he always had a “warm and loving home” (361). Bobby Moch became a lawyer and argued before the Supreme Court, Stub McMillan coached crew at MIT, and Shorty Hunt married and raised a family in Seattle. Don Hume became president of the West Coast Mining Association. Gordy Adam worked for Boeing for thirty-eight years. Roger Morris found work in large-scale construction. Al Ulbrickson coached at Washington for another twenty-three years, and George Pocock built racing boats for another twenty-five. The boys came together many times throughout the years, and staged “formal ten-year anniversaries” (365) where they rowed together again. One by one, each of them passed away. Joe and Roger were the last ones left alive; Joe died in 2008 and Roger in 2009. The Husky Clipper remains at Washington, where…