Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Chapters 61-66 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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In Chapter 61, Elena goes back to Florence to prepare for her wedding. She is overcome with sadness at how Pasquale criticized her; the Ariotas are good people who have always worked for people like Pasquale and Lila. Elena cannot see where she erred. She decides she will never help anyone again.

In Chapter 62 Elena is married. The days leading up to the ceremony are fraught with tension, stemming from Elena telling Pietro that she wants to go on birth control. He does not agree; he roots his arguments in the fact that The Pill is still illegal, and he feels like she can still write even with children. Elena feels like he is more conventional than he has let on. At the wedding, Adele surprises them with a large reception filled with influential people; they had not planned on this, and it causes...

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