His legs felt rubbery and ached at the joints (254). Neddy also felt depressed and saw the water as being dark (254). Time had passed as Neddy swam from pool to pool and as he visited and spoke with friends they were sorry for him. He arrived to Mrs. Hallorans pool and she spoke of his misfortune (254). He could not remember selling his house or his childrens trouble and thought he was losing his memory (254). When he arrived back home as he staggered with fatigue (256) the lights were dimmed and no one was home, his house was empty. Neddy had named the chain of pools the Lucinda River, which was his way of expressing his long and reliable marriage. Even though ironically, his wife had left while on his journey on the Lucinda River. Neddy faces the consequences of his actions and harsh reality of the passing years for the first time. He ignored invitations and neglected his family and friends even before the journey took place and is left with the realization of his decisions.