Dept. of Speculation - Chapters 11-12 Summary & Analysis

Jenny Offill
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Chapter 11

The main character reveals that more time has passed in her life. Her child has started school. She’s one of the parents that are always late. She remarks that there are some parents that are always early and bring in whatever supplies are needed on time, sometimes even bringing extra for the other parents. She talks about a story involving a prisoner in Alcatraz. Every night in solitary he drops a button somewhere in the cell. Then he spends the rest of the night searching for it. She remarks that her nights are spent the same way, but she doesn’t have a button. She wonders why her heart feels so crooked, even though she has two people in her life she loves.

She continues to reflect on different philosophical sayings, as well as thinking about her own personality and the...

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