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The Reader - Part 3, Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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Part 3, Chapter 11 Summary

Michael eventually travels to the United States of America on a business trip, probably in 1984. While in the States, he takes a trip to New York and visits the author of the book that incriminated Hanna and the other guards. He presents Hanna's money to the author, and she asks Michael if the money is intended to buy absolution for Hanna's actions. Michael does not know how to respond. The two characters discuss reading, and Michael discloses the nature of his sexual relationship with Hanna. The author quickly discerns Michael's emotional damage and recounts his life story, as she imagines it. She is incredibly accurate and cautions Michael that Hanna had been a particularly brutal woman. Michael again urges her to take the money, asking her to donate it to some worthy cause. The author refuses to take the money, but she does keep the...

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