All My Puny Sorrows - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

Miriam Toews
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After learning of Elf's latest attempt to kill herself, Yoli once again enlists Will to watch Nora and returns to Winnipeg. At the hospital, Elf has lost her voice because of the bleach and is on a respirator. Looking at Elf, Yoli is reminded of Elf leaving for Europe and who Elf's departure motivated Lottie into going to university. Lottie became a social worker and eventually a therapist. Yoli uses a story her mother told the girls in an attempt to discuss the cycle of abuse with Elf. A woman their mother helped once brought her two bullets and told Lottie one was for her daughter and one was for herself as she saw this as the only way to escape an abusive relationship. Yoli's plan backfires as Elf sees this as a perfectly acceptable way to escape pain and as an expression of...

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