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Madame Curie Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 2: Chapter 17 Summary

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Part 2: Chapter 17 Summary

The chaos of celebrity ruins Marie's nerves, and she falls into a deep depression. She is exhausted and careworn over Pierre's chronic illness. In addition to juggling the household, the baby, teaching and research, she cares for her husband, whose fatigue keeps him from working much of the time. Pierre, frustrated and obsessed with the passage of time, drives Marie to work more intensely.

With the exception of her one year in the country, Marie has never been idle. She dreams of days of thinking about nothing. This shocks Pierre, whose youth included long periods of laziness, something that now allows him to focus on work. He does not understand why Marie would not feel the same. Marie obeys him, but she is exhausted and discouraged. She accuses herself of stupidity, but the reality is that she needs rest.

Unfortunately, 1904 proves to be another difficult...

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