Songs of the Humpback Whale - Chapters 45-46 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 45-46 Summary

Jane writes a letter to Joley bragging about riding a bus on one lap of the Indianapolis Speedway. When given a certificate about the lap, Jane writes that her father would have displayed it. Jane lets hers go in the wind. She writes about her father's monthly molestations from age ten to eleven. When she told her mother, her mother denied it at first then promised it would stop. That night her parents argued and her mother ended up with broken ribs and her arm in a bandage. The abuse stopped. Jane shreds and burns the letter while Rebecca is in the shower of the hotel room.

In his letter to Jane, Joley reminds Jane of the time their father broke two of mother's ribs. Jane refused to eat or sleep so her father bought her a rabbit she named Fitzgerald...

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