Sarah's Point of View
Secrets, lies and misunderstandings make up the fabric of The End of the Affair. Of course, the fundamental secret is the affair itself. Sarah and Bendrix boldly carry on a lengthy romantic relationship with apparently little difficulty in keeping the secret from Henry.
It is neither the first nor the last extramarital affair for Sarah Miles. Her nature impels her to seek a kind of spiritual fulfillment that her husband has never supplied. She is a hopeless romantic, and in her mind, her husband is a bore.
Bendrix has a lot in common with Sarah, but their relationship changes him in a fundamental way. He becomes possessive, jealous, petty and insecure. He describes his state as one of being in love, but really the emotions he feels are too base to be called love. His jealousy leads only to mean-spirited outbursts and pointless arguments, all of which he later regrets.
Even when the affair is long over, Bendrix’s obsession encourages him to undertake one final nasty act. He acts upon the suggestion of Henry and hires a private investigator to follow Sarah and learn her habits, and especially learn who she meets when she goes on her walks. Bendrix enjoys a bitter satisfaction in having Sarah hounded like an animal. The man doing the hounding, Parkis, feels uneasy about the situation. As the investigation reveals the truth about Sarah and why the affair ended, Bendrix is overcome with intense feelings of remorse, anger and hope.