Commonwealth Symbols & Objects

Ann Patchett
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Albie's braid

A long, dark, twisted braid, it represents the journey Albie's taken since he disappeared from the family.

The soundtrack at the Palmer House

A mix that repeats every two hours, the soundtrack at the Palmer House represents the passage of time as unobserved by most.

The lobsters

The lobsters bought by Marisol for dinner in Amagansett represent wealth and privilege, but they also represent how Franny feels consumed and trapped by her environment

Fix's gun

A thirty-eight Smith and Wesson, Fix's gun represents Fix's identity. The fact that he can no longer handle it demonstrates he is ready to end his life.

Fire

Fire symbolizes Albie's youth; it is uncontrollable, mysterious, and incredibly destructive when mismanaged.

California

The initial setting of the novel, California represents a return to routine, comfort and enduring family bonds for many of the characters.

High Heels

When Franny stops wearing...

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