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Daughters of the House - Chapter 18, The Red Suitcase Summary & Analysis

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Summary

Léonie suffers another nightmare. She dreams that Antoinette's red suitcase is tied up in scarlet cloth. The bag is filled with a bomb. In Léonie's dream, Antoinette drags the suitcase across the Customs Hall. All of the officers refuse to touch the suitcase because they know what is in it. Antoinette drags the bag back and forth, more and more urgently, beginning to run as the Nazi soldiers watch her though plate-glass doors. Léonie wakes and realizes that she has wet the bed. She is too frightened to get up and find Victorine. Léonie feels that the room is filled with the image of her aunt's "mad red grin" (75).

Analysis

The nightmare sequence in this chapter is similar to dreams Léonie has in the first chapter. She dreams that Antoinette is at the border, running...

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