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Madame Curie Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 1: Chapter 5 Summary

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Part 1: Chapter 5 Summary

In 1885, Manya describes her first post as a governess as "hell," working for a Polish family "demoralized by wealth." Until now, Manya has been relatively sheltered by the intellectual and spiritual nobility of her own family and circle of friends. She has not been around a lot of wealth, and is surprised and disillusioned by the pettiness, spitefulness, and vulgarity it seems to breed.

No one yet has recognized in Marya Sklodovska a great mind, nor has Manya herself recognized it. Raised in a family of exceptional children, Manya has until now considered herself average, if not less. But exposed to the middle-class families who now employ her, Manya begins to become aware of her own superiority, and so finds very little to recommend wealth. She does not envy the wealthy; rather, she is proud of her own birth and education...

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