The Elegance of the Hedgehog Setting & Symbolism

Muriel Barbery
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Plants

Solange Josse seems to take better care of her plants than she does her own children, spending a great deal of time each day watering and speaking to the plants.

Sleeping Pills

Paloma steals one of her mother's sleeping pills each night and hides them so that she might use them to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday.

Beige Dress

Manuela borrows a beige dress from her neighbor and friend, a dressmaker, for Renee to wear to her first dinner date with Kakuro. The dress belongs to a client who died and Renee is later told she can keep it. However, Renee exchanges it with a purple one when she goes to the dry cleaner to pick it up.

Columbe's Master's Thesis

Renee reads an early draft of Columbe's Master's Thesis and finds it wanting. Renee feels that intellectuals should use their education to make the world...

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