Chapters 7 and 8 Summary
It's an extremely cold and snowy winter in Baltese. Countess Quintet decides to open the ballroom on the first Saturday of the month for the commoners to come to see the elephant. Leo Mattiene goes home to tell the news to Peter.
Leo and his wife talk about how lonely Peter is and how Vilna Lutz treats the boy as if he is a soldier. Leo also mentions how lonely they are, but his wife quiets him before he can suggest trying to have children of their own again.
Adele dreams about the elephant again. When she gets out of bed, she goes downstairs to find Sister Marie sleeping near the door. They talk about the night Adele arrived at the orphanage, just hours after being born. Sister Marie says the midwife said her mother wanted her to be named Adele before she died.
The beggar, Tomas, thinks...