Enigma Variations Setting

André Aciman
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The Norman Chapel

Paul visits the Norman Chapel in "First Love" in order to think about Nanni by himself. Originally, Paul went to the Chapel with his father, but after he meets Nanni, he goes alone. This transition demonstrates Paul's rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. At the Normal Chapel, Paul masturbates for the first time, claiming that there he "became a person" (57). When Paul revisits the island as an adult, he finds the Chapel in ruin. The Chapel's ruin acts as symbol, demonstrating that Paul's time with Nanni is a thing of the past that cannot be relived.

The Tennis Courts

The tennis courts in NYC is where Paul meets two of his lovers, Maud and Manfred. He first meets Maud, whose need for a tennis partner spurs their romance. While dating Maud, Paul observes Manfred on the tennis courts, developing a crush on him. In the...

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