The Story of the Lost Child - Old Age: 9-16 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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In Chapter 9, Lila seems to settle, although she is not any easier. She is critical of Enzo and Elena all of the time. With Antonio gone, the reports of Tina dwindle. Elena tries to push Lila into blowing up, expressing all of her range and anger about her daughter, but Lila will not engage in that way.

During Chapter 10, Elena notes how difficult Sundays are. She cannot get Lila out of the house. Enzo apologizes for Lila’s behavior and promises she will soon get past it. Once when Elena does get Lila out on a Sunday they see the Solaras. Michele praises Elena for her good breeding and intelligence, and then goes on to say that when a person stops studying they become malicious, like Lila. It is an awkward moment; he grabs Elena’s wrist for emphasis and breaks her...

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