American Wife Symbols & Objects

Curtis Sittenfeld
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A Sable Stole

This sable stole, appearing in Part I, symbolizes the kind of relationship that Emilie and Gladys have. Emilie tells Alice on the way to Chicago that she wants to buy a sable stole and has had the store save one for her. When they arrive at the store Alice is not surprised when Gladys buys the stole for her grandmother. Alice later learns that her grandmother and Gladys are having a homosexual relationship.

Silver Heart Pendant

This silver heart pendant is representative of Alice’s love for Andrew. It appears in Parts I and IV of the novel. Alice received the pendant from her grandmother as a gift. While she is talking to Andrew in the school hallway he touches the heart, asks what it was and comments that it is pretty. Alice believes Andrew touched the heart just so he could touch her...

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