The Days of Abandonment - Chapters 42 - 47 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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Chapter 42 (172-177)

The children continue to reject Olga and instead behave warmly towards Carrano. Olga is still feeling inconsolable but states that the pain is “distilled” (173). One night Lea asks her to a concert and Olga spots Carrano in the orchestra, playing cello. She is entranced and amazed that his presence is so dynamic onstage, and so different from the man with whom she had had relations. After noting that Olga is washing Carrano, Lea insults his playing and tells Olga that the veterinarian is still interested in her.

Chapter 43 (177-179)

The children are still in distress, with Illaria’s unhappiness manifesting in volatility and Gianni’s in ironic silence. One day on their way out, Illaria has a tantrum on the landing outside their door, and Carrano offers to help from downstairs. Olga politely declines his offer, and suddenly realizes that she...

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