How to Be Both - Section 1: Pages 1 – 65 Summary & Analysis

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Georgia “George” Martineau, a teenaged girl, and her mother, Carol, are in Italy in May. Her mother asks George to imagine a moral conundrum. She has George pretend she is an artist working on a project with other artists, but that she believes she deserves more money than the others, so she writes to the patron asking for a better salary. George asks her mother questions – whether it is something real, something that happened in the past, if she as an artist that is good enough to deserve more money, and so on. Her mother says the moral question is about walls, and that things cannot both happen at once.

George’s mother dies in September. January comes on and George reflects on how this will be the first year her mother is not around, a thought which seems both...

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