The Childhood of Jesus - Chapters 13 – 18 Summary & Analysis

J. M. Coetzee
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In Chapter 13, Simon spends his time lurking around East Block in the hopes that he will bump into Ines and David. One day, he sees them. Ines is pushing David in a stroller even though he is old enough not to need one. Simon worries that David seems anxious. Later, Elena once again criticizes Simon for allowing a stranger to take charge of David without first establishing that she would take good care of him. Simon continues to insist that it was essential that he trust his intuition.

In Chapter 14, Simon argues with his colleagues at the dockyard. Simon insists that their job is pointless and would be better done by machines. His colleagues (especially Eugenio) disagree and insist that their work is noble and valuable in and of itself. Simon visits the warehouse and discovers that it is infested with rats.

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