Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Chapters 120-123 Summary & Analysis

Elena Ferrante
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Summary

In Chapter 120, Elena feels suddenly that the fates have aligned in her favor. The fact that she is married to a respectable man, not someone like Stefano or Michele, will make it easier for her to leave. She tells Pietro and he barely believes her. Furthermore, Eleanora starts calling constantly to harass Elena. Through this difficult period, Elena feels completely in the right, and on the other side of the conflict all of the affected parties will see reason. However, Pietro makes it very difficult for her. He forces her to confess her reasons for leaving to their daughters, who in turn are mortified and upset.

In Chapter 121, Pietro begins to make threats: of suicide, of getting the police involved, of keeping the girls away from her. Anything to convince her not only to stay, but not to take the short trip to...

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