Tropic of Orange: A Novel - Wednesday: Chapters 19 through 21 Summary & Analysis

Karen Tei Yamashita
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Wednesday: Chapters 19 through 21 Summary

In Chapter 19, Manzanar witnesses the second truck crash and the resulting fire. He sees the fire sweep up the hillside, and he knows the homeless camps will be burned. He also knows that his own camp will be burned, but he has nothing of value there, so he remains in his position overlooking the freeway. Manzanar watches as the homeless come and claim the abandoned vehicles.

In Chapter 20, Emi and Gabriel are in a sushi restaurant. Emi uses the occasion to pick on Gabriel for not being an adventurous eater. The television is showing continuous coverage of the freeway fire, and Emi talks about her job. Emi suggest that her and Gabriel people watch, and this annoys Gabriel. Emi says the idea of cultural diversity in nonsense. A woman next to Emi overhears and tries to argue with Emi. Emi calmly points out...

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