All My Puny Sorrows - Chapter 10 Summary & Analysis

Miriam Toews
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The chapter begins with a family discussion of Elf’s situation. Yoli wonders if it is selfish to force someone who is suicidal to live. Yoli and Julie revisit the idea of assisted suicide. Julie tells Yoli not to help Elf kill herself. Yoli’s only real argument is that Elf will kill herself with or without help. Later, while visiting the hospital, Yoli shouts at a family in the hospital parking lot after the father critiques her parking skills. As she enters the hospital she sees the mother in the elevator and apologizes. She is met with silence.

In the hospital, Elf tells Yoli she feels that her role in their family is to empathize with their father. Yoli tells Elf that her actions are hurting the people around her and she doesn’t understand how Elf can act as she does and...

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