Thirteen Ways of Looking - “Thirteen Ways of Looking:” Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

Colum McCann
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Summary

The narrative returns to Mendelssohn meeting his son, Elliot for lunch. Elliot enters the restaurant while talking on the phone. Mendelssohn comments that it has been a long time since the two have discussed anything but pleasantries. Elliot tells his father that he had an affair with his secretary who is now suing him. Elliott than meets Dandinho, the restaurant’s busboy who always wraps customer’s leftovers in intricate shapes. Dandinho somehow knows Elliot’s investment firm. Mendelssohn then meets his waitress, a young woman named Rosita from Zimbabwe. After a while, Dandinho looks at Elliot in an odd way, and Mendelssohn orders more wine.

Analysis

This chapter serves as character development for Mendelssohn’s son, Elliot. In this chapter, the reader learns that Elliot is quite rich and spoiled and seems to do whatever he wishes. Mendelssohn states...

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