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Madame Curie Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 1: Chapter 4 Summary

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Part 1: Chapter 4 Summary

As Professor Sklodovska grows older, the family moves again and takes on fewer boarders. Though the professor still teaches, the family's financial resources are strained, and will be further diminished when Monsieur Sklodovska retires. Having finished school, the children earn their living by tutoring, a hard, thankless job with an undependable salary. Life becomes dull and monotonous, though the more intimate surroundings of the smaller apartment encourage work and study. Manya is influenced by her father, who spends his leisure time developing his scientific knowledge and reading literature, interpreting for the children the writings of "those romantic authors who were the poets of servitude and revolt in Poland," including some books forbidden by the Tsar and printed in secret.

Manya's dream at this time is nationhood—serving Poland—which she begins to realize among the intelligentsia, the educated Polish who revolt against Russia...

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