Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett - Part 4, Chapter 37 Summary & Analysis

Jennifer Gonnerman
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Part 4, Chapter 37 Summary

Elaine starts slipping at work. She calls in sick to go to rallies, then calls in and says, "I'm not coming in today," with no reason at all. She stops caring about the job. One afternoon she is called into the bosses office and demoted. She will have to go back downstairs, make less pay and work 4:00 p.m. to midnight again. Elaine done not let him see the disappointment in her eyes. She just walks away respectfully. She does, however, show her unhappiness through the outfits she wears to work.

Part 4, Chapter 37 Analysis

Elaine needs to keep her job. She cannot afford to be without a paycheck. As unhappy as she is, she takes the demotion and keeps on working.

As crushing as this is to Elaine's emotional state, she has no choices here. Keeping Jamel out of jail, and...

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