Hope Was Here - Chapters 15 and 16 Summary & Analysis

Joan Bauer
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Chapters 15 and 16 Summary

Chapter 15

Denna came into the diner dressed in tight jeans, too much jewelry and make-up and with her long died black hair streaming down her back. She didn't recognize Hope, who finally went over and said hello. Denna grabbed her hand and couldn't believe that the girl before her was her daughter, Tulip. Hope reminded her that her name was now Hope. Back in the kitchen, Braverman and Addie could see that she was upset. Addie told her to take a break but she refused. Braverman gave her a red clown's nose to put on. It would take her mind off her mother. She put it on and everyone, including Hope, began laughing.

Hope went out into the diner with the clown nose on. Everyone laughed, even her mother. She was glad her mother was there to watch her. The diners all were enjoying her, she didn't spill anything and she delivered all the orders quickly and accurately. She was showing off for her mother. When her mother left the next day, she told Hope that she was a good waitress and gave her a few more tips to become even better. The main thing, her mother told her, always treat your customers like you care. Hope wished her mother would treat her like she did her customers. When her mother left, Hope felt relieved and sad at the same time.

Chapter 16

G. T. was eating some of Addie's meatloaf, telling her it was the best thing she made. Addie thought her apple pie was the best thing she made. They had a little back and forth about what dish was the best and suddenly G. T. asked her if she'd have dinner with him - at another restaurant. Hope was shocked. Stunned at first, Addie finally said she would. Lou Ellen and Flo weren't surprised. They had seen it coming. Right after that, Hope was in the pantry and Braverman followed her in. He asked her to go to dinner - on a date he said. Hope was speechless and didn't answer him. Addie didn't return until one o'clock. All she would tell Hope is that she had a decent time.

The next night there was a lot of tension between Braverman and Hope. Later, Hope apologized to him, explaining that she was afraid to date him because they work together. He understood and offered to make each of them a pork chop sandwich. Braverman set up a special table with a small vase of flowers for them in the back. After dinner, they shared a kiss but then looked around at the dirty dishes. He offered to wash and she offered to dry.

Chapters 15 and 16 Analysis

Chapter 15

Hope literally became someone else when her mother visited. She put on the clown nose so she had something to hide behind. She wanted to impress her mother. She was glad that she didn't drop anything and had no problems with the diners while her mother was watching. Even though they have had hardly any relationship at all, Hope is still trying to understand her mother and reconcile in her mind why her mother didn't want her. Her conflicted feelings are demonstrated when she is both happy and sad that her mother is leaving. One thing is consistent about Deena, she never fails to disappoint her daughter.

Chapter 16

Hope and Braverman are allowing their feelings for each other to show. Hope claims that she's afraid of dating Braverman because they work together. But she's probably more afraid that she'll be hurt because she's been hurt so often. What if she fell in love with him and then found out that she and Addie were going to have to move to another town? Hope fears close relationships because she's afraid she'll be hurt and abandoned.

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