All Our Names - Section 2 Helen/Isaac Part 6 Summary & Analysis

Dinaw Mengestu
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In "Helen", Isaac tells Helen a little of his past, but he only starts with how he met Henry. He recalls that Henry and Joseph were once friends, which was useful for getting Isaac into the country. Once Isaac is in the country, Isaac tries to tell Henry the truth about how he came to the country. Henry does not want to believe this and only does so after making a few phone calls. Although Henry becomes angry about the deception, he decides that it is for the best if Isaac does not mention any more of his past. Isaac also tells Helen of his father and of how he came to the decision to leave his home village and his family forever. Isaac states that he always had dreams of leaving his village, even though his true name is 13 names...

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