Madame Curie Setting & Symbolism

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Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital of Poland, where Marie Curie lives as a young girl and teenager named Marya "Manya" Sklodovski.

Gymnasium

The high school Marie attends in Warsaw is referred to as the gymnasium. Marie receives the gold medal or highest grade.

Kulig

A Kulig is a party or ball for young Polish people. Marie writes to Kazia about dancing all night during one.

Floating University

The Floating University is a system of underground classes for Polish patriots under Russian rule. Instructors meet with their students secretly in various locations around Warsaw, hence the "floating" aspect of the university. The subjects taught are forbidden by the establishment.

Paris

Marie moves to Paris after completing her employment as a governess. At the time, France holds more libertine values than Poland so, as a woman, she is allowed to attend the University of France at Sorbonne.

Sorbonne

Sorbonne is...

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