The Vegetarian - Part 3, Flaming Trees – Section 1 Summary & Analysis

Han Kang
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Pages. 123 – 144. Present tense narration describes the trip of Yeong-hye’s sister In-hye as she travels, on a rainy day, to visit the psychiatric hospital where Yeong-hye has been a patient for several months. Narration shifts into past tense as it describes how, some time in the past, Yeong-hye had gone missing; how In-hye had imagined her out in the forest near the facility, “as if she herself were one of the glistening trees” (125); and how she realized that she and her sister might have been out in the rain at the same time, “an indiscriminate connection, their existences briefly aligned” (127). Past tense narration also describes how In-hye, after learning that Yeong-hye had been found, dreamed that her sister describes being not only in the forest, but part of it.

Narration briefly returns to present tense as In-hye arrives at the hospital...

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