Barren Island - Chapter 16-17 Summary & Analysis

Carol Zoref
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Sofia convinced her mother to let her stay home from school because of "cramps" (263), and Marta worried about what she would do. Noah informed Marta that Joey is in trouble, and at first Marta thought Noah somehow found out about the pregnancy, but he was actually referring to Joey's visit to Massimo, and his entanglement with an Italian gang who "control the ports" (267). Noah's "sweat smelled rotten-sour" (267) with anxiety, as he feared that they would kill Joey because of his involvement with Noah and Yorgos' opposing union organizing.

Marta and Sofia took a barge over to Brooklyn with Miss Finn. They met Miss Finn's sister, a doctor, who took Sofia away, leaving Marta with Miss Finn. After a few hours of waiting, Miss Finn told Marta that Sofia needed to stay the night, so her friend Ray Whitmore took Marta back to the...

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