Florida - Part 2: The Big House - Arthur Summary & Analysis

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Part 2: The Big House - Arthur Summary

Nonna's relationships with her husband and her children are described. Nonna is described as having a "hardened heart." According to Mother, Nonna's husband took a mistress because he sought another woman love that Nonna couldn't or wouldn't give him. Mother blames Nonna's "hardened heart" for Nonna's favoring Uncle Billy over her. According to Mother, Nonna only had room in her heart for one of them, and she chose Uncle Billy. Mother's speculations about Nonna are not confirmed as facts.

Nonna's relationship with Alice consists of talking. Since Nonna can't speak, Alice "converses" with Nonna by interpreting Nonna's hand gestures. They "talk" about Mother and Father. It is unclear whether Nonna really is expressing her own opinion about Mother and Father or whether Alice is projecting what she hopes to be the case into Nonna's hand signals.

Alice's...

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