How to Be Both Symbols & Objects

Ali Smith
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The letter

The letter written to Duke Borse by Francesco becomes the source of much discussion between George and her mother in the novel. It becomes a mystery to which George seeks an answer. The letter requests a greater salary by Francesco, a request which is rejected by Borse. As it is learned, the letter is written not as a genuine seeking of greater wages, but as part of a wager between Francesco and his assistant.

Film clip

A film clip showing Carol dancing with her mother is digitized by Carol. The clip is 48 seconds long, and is copied and kept by George. It helps George to remember her mother, and to reflect on simpler, happier times. The film clip is one of the things that George keeps to remember her mother by. The clip also shows Carol near the beginning of her life, while in the...

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