The Shoemaker's Wife - Chapter 9: A Linen Handkerchief Summary & Analysis

Adriana Trigiani
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Ciro hears all kinds of languages and dialects of Italian, as he waits to board the SS Chicago. He eats only small portions of food so he'll have some money left when he reaches America. His "stateroom" on men's below-deck third level measures five by five feet with not enough room for him to stand. So, he sits on his cot and takes stock of what has happened in his life, starting with the departure and apparent death of his father. From his vantage point of poverty, Ciro watches breathlessly as wealthy Europeans board the ship with all their possessions, servants, and luggage. He has determined that making a success of himself is one way to settle his score with Don Gregorio.

Ciro is shocked when he enters the hellish heat of the boiler room, where he'll work in exchange for...

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