Florida - Part 2: The Big House - Arlette's Stories Summary & Analysis

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Part 2: The Big House - Arlette's Stories Summary

Alice is 15 years old now, and she is still living with Nonna. Alice has begun dating. She is somewhat reckless and is in the habit of coming home at all hours. Miss O'Boyle accuses Alice of being just like her mother. At this point, we discover that Mother has checked out of the "San" and is living with a man who was a fellow patient.

Arlette alleges that Nonna knocked Mother out with an oar once. Arlette suggests that this might explain why Mother is so psychologically unwell.

Part 2: The Big House - Arlette's Stories Analysis

It has now been about 5 years since Alice was separated from her mother. Despite their separation, Alice shows signs of having the same character traits and disposition as Mother.

Arlette has the role of reminding...

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