My Brilliant Friend - Adolescence: 43-48 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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As Lila explores her new position as a wealthy fiance in Chapter 43, Elena realizes that the seesaw of their friendship links them. Lila has a fiance, but Elena has an enviable education. Elena admits her success in school but doesn't know what good it does for her. Alfonso, her loyal friend, isn't an intelligent conversationalist. Elena has no outlet for her intellect. Lila is still fiercely intelligent, but not intellectual, and Elena's attempts at deep conversation with her friend fall flat.

In the beginning of Chapter 44, the author shares how Lila, as the new queen of the neighborhood, causes envy and resentment. Stefano's own mother and sister don't like her. Elena tries to pull Stefano into their friend group, but it doesn't work as well. It is easier for Lila and Stefano to be a fashionable couple. Elena realizes that Lila doesn't fit...

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