Molloy (novel) - Section 1 Summary & Analysis

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Molloy opens with an unidentified voice claiming, “I am in my mother’s room. It is I who live there now. I don’t know how I got there” (3). This nameless narrator proceeds to give some details regarding their circumstances, albeit continuing to express uncertainty as to their accuracy: they surmise that they must have got there by way of ambulance, and also wonder what their mother’s name is, and whether she is alive. There is a man that arrives every Sunday to give them money for writing “pages,” the purpose of which is to "speak of the things that are left, say [his] goodbyes, finish dying” (4). They also express the desire to have a son, but simultaneously suggest that they might already have one by way of a chambermaid from a while ago.

The narrator begins recounting seeing two figures named “A...

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