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Bel Canto: A Novel Setting & Symbolism

Ann Patchett
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Garua

The name for the oppressive fog that hangs outside the house during the first part of the siege. It makes the hostages feel as if they are even more cut off from the world and is perhaps the reason why the terrorists and the hostages begin to form such intimate bonds with one another. Since they cannot see more than a few inches past their windows, it gives the impression that the house and the inhabitants inside are all that is left in their world.

The Vice President's Home

The Vice President, Ruben Iglesias, is the host for the birthday party and opera event with Roxane. He will later wonder why the party was not held at President Masuda's home instead. The house becomes a kind of haven during the seige for the hostages and terrorists alike.

The China Closet

The secret room where Gen and Carmen...

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