Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Chapters 73-78 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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In Chapter 73, their conversation moves Elena. Moves, and inspires. Weighed down by the talk of threats and violence in the neighborhood, and driven by memories of their childhood, Elena takes Lila’s story and fills several notebooks with a story of ferocity. It stars the characters of her past, and is inspired by her friend’s passionate voice. For months Elena writes with fervor, only putting the story aside to tend to her family. Finally, it is finished, and she sends it immediately to Adele for her opinion, bypassing Pietro in the process.

In Chapter 74, Elena waits to hear from her mother-in-law. Pietro realizes she is finished and asks why she did not ask his opinion as well. While she fully believes that Pietro will not like it, she gives him a copy of the manuscript. Meanwhile, the pregnancy is moving towards its...

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