A Gate at the Stairs - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter Five opens with the clocks being moved ahead an hour. Tassie confesses how long it has been since she mopped or swept the apartment. She also realizes that no one asked her about Reynaldo, leading her to understand how “private and isolated” (214) there relationship was. Sarah is the only one who asked about the student who disappeared and asks if he was the one who took pictures of Mary-Emma. Tassie gives a vague reply.

Tassie begins to miss Murph about the time she returns to the apartment after breaking up with her boyfriend. They hang out and play music and write a song together. Tassie continues to watch Mary-Emma, sometimes napping with her after Mary-Emma is moved into a bed instead of her crib. One day when Tassie checks in on Mary-Emma, the little girl comments that she has brown eyes just like...

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