My Name Is Lucy Barton - Chapters 46-50 Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Strout
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Chapter 46

Lucy once again reflects on what she heard about writers having to be ruthless. She feels like her version of being ruthless was leaving William, and not going to see her family. She knew if she had, she never would have written any other books. She thinks back to what her mother said, about how she just went and lived her life. She wonders if that was her mother's way of saying that she’s always been ruthless, but just didn't realize it. What she also realizes is that her definition of ruthless was wrong. She thought that it meant being mean or indifferent to others, but in the end, it was a different type of ruthlessness.

Chapter 47

Lucy doesn’t specify when, but at some point she started talking to her brother and sister again. They still speak once a week...

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