Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Chapters 31-36 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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Pasquale brings Communist materials to Lila and Enzo to try to get them involved. One night he takes them to see a female speak on the cause. She is an educated, upper class woman, and the crowd is interested in her. At first Lila feels sympathetic towards her, but then she feels the pull of the group, the collective "we." Later, on another night, Pasquale takes her to an actual committee meeting. Lila is surprised to see Professor Galiani’s daughter, Nadia—the girl Nino was dating when he met her. Lila listens to various young people speak, and finally speaks up. She tells the assembled members how difficult the working life actually is, in great detail. Lila speaks with eloquence and passion, and charms the room. After the meeting, Nadia Galiani begs her to return. Pasquale and Enzo are incensed to hear...

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