Florida - Part 3: West Seventy-Six - Mother Summary & Analysis

Christine Schutt
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Part 3: West Seventy-Six - Mother Summary

Alice lives in a brownstone on West 76th in Manhattan with her boyfriend. She calls him her very own "Walter." "Walter" is much older, and he is unattractive. He is aggressive and openly reprimands her whenever she does something that he doesn't like, such as showing up late for a date. "Walter" is particularly adept at hurting Alice's feelings, as illustrated by a time when he reminded Alice just how unimportant she is.

Alice argues a lot with "Walter." Like Mother's Walter, "Walter" is a harsh man who verbally abuses Alice. "Walter" drinks to console himself over the troubled relationship, and Alice smokes pot to console herself.

Alice asks "Walter" to move out of her brownstone, but he refuses to leave unless she pays him. She signs a document agreeing to pay him to leave...

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