All My Puny Sorrows - Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

Miriam Toews
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The Chapter begins with Yoli remembering an interview she gave to Elf for school as Elf was leaving for Europe. Looking back at the scene from the present day, Yoli compares Elf's flight to Europe to stories her family told about fleeing religious persecution in Russia. Yoli and Elf were not taught Plautdietsch because they were told it is “the language of shame” (Ch. 2, 1). During the interview in the car, Elf discussed Adorno. Yoli tried to emulate her sister's interest post-modern philosophy but really she was just a country girl who liked horses. Once at the airport, Yoli saw Elf off and promised to write letters while Elf was in Europe studying the piano.

Back in the hospital, Elf listens to Yoli reminisce about their childhood, but Yoli can tell that Elf is angry for her failure to commit suicide. Still, Elf agrees with...

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