Moderato Cantabile - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

On Friday, Anne and the child walk from the affluent part of town back to the port area for the child's weekly piano lesson. Anne encourages the child to perform well during the piano lesson because, she says, she doesn't like Giraud to scold the child. When they enter the apartment, Giraud informs Anne that the earlier death had been a crime of passion. Giraud appears otherwise ignorant of Anne's recent behavior. The child becomes immediately disobedient as the lesson begins, and Giraud loses her temper and insists that the child play repetitive scales as punishment. After a few repetitions, the child rebels, and Giraud's face twists with rage. Giraud and Anne discuss the child's willful disobedience, and Giraud vituperates Anne's child-rearing ability. Due to Giraud's insistence and Anne's cajoling, the child resumes playing scales but again quits before Giraud is satisfied. Giraud...

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