The Woman Upstairs - Part 2, Chapters 3-7 (pp 120-159) Summary & Analysis

Claire Messud
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Part 2, Chapter 3

Sirena and Skandar ask Nora to babysit for Reza. They say that it is an honor reserved for family, and this makes it easier for Nora to accept a job she would normally have refused because it would jeopardize her authority and dignity as a teacher. She is nervous about serving her student’s family this way, but Sirena portrays the invitation as a kind of intimacy. Sirena offers to pay her, but Nora declines. She says she is either family, or she is not family. When Sirena embraces her, Nora is not sure whether she is becoming part of the family or just being taken advantage of.

Nora babysits for Reza numerous times in the next few months and she describes her intimacy with Sirena and Reza as a “prolonged cranial multiple orgasm.” Nora says that she...

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