The Woman Upstairs - Part 2, Chapters 8-13, (pp 159-215) Summary & Analysis

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Part 2, Chapter 8

Nora says that she remembers every moment of the two weeks when her mother was dying. She says that her walks with Skandar became just as distinctive in her memory. One night, he tells her that she needs to find a way to feed herself. She describes herself as a ravenous wolf move, and Skandar is surprised but he tells her that she must ask for what she needs. Nora tells Skandar that she has always been afraid of trying to create her own satisfaction, so it has always been easier to care for others.

Nora says that after speaking with Skandar, she feels like she has to speak to Sirena and declare her feelings. Filled with apprehension, she goes to the studio, ready to declare herself, but Sirena is not there. At school the next day, Nora...

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