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Madame Curie Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 1: Chapter 1 Summary

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Part 1: Chapter 1 Summary

Inside a Gymnasium at a boys' high school in Warsaw, four children are playing war with wooden blocks. They are: Joseph, Bronislava ("Bronya"), Helen ("Hela"), and the youngest, five-year-old Marya ("Manya"). These are the children of Monsieur Vladislav Sklodovska, professor of physics and under-inspector of the school. The Sklodovskas have lived at the school since shortly after Manya's birth.

Both Monsieur and Madame Sklodovska are wellborn and intelligent, their families part of the land-owning minor Polish nobility now suffering from the rule of the Russian empire. A century earlier, both families might have lived comfortably as farmers, but with the estates having grown poorer and poorer, education has now become the ideal. Madame Sklodovska received a good education at a private school in Warsaw, and then became a teacher and finally director of the same school, a post she...

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