For Willie ends by telling his story to his sister Sarojini, who has inherited his mother's backwardness and has always repelled him. He joins her in Germany, where she lives with her husband, a German revolutionary. In other words, he is to some extent repeating his father's experience with a "backward" spouse, the niece of a revolutionary, and reliving the alien life his father found himself in with her.
And Willie is relating his story to his sister, just as his father told his story to his son. Yet Willie is telling his own story, in his own voice. Yet it is a story about how he did not live his own life. Yet he has lived only the first half of his life, though the beginning of the second half of his life finds him in a situation similar to his father's. Yet the father's namelessness signifies both a determining influence and a harmless cipher. And although the story that Willie recites to Sarojini concludes with Willie's declaration to Ana that he is tired of living her life, he is, after all, telling it to Sarojini in Germany and very far from living his own life.