What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank - Part 3 Summary & Analysis

Nathan Englander
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After the revelation that Deb used to smoke weed often, Mark and Lauren jokingly admit that they “get through the days” by smoking, not drinking (14). The narrator describes how hairy Mark is, noting his blush at the conversation—he is not shy or ashamed. Although Deb exclaims that Mark and Lauren, as Hasidic Jews, are forbidden to use marijuana, Mark excuses them by describing Israel as “the highest country in the world” (14).

Then, Deb asks if Mark and Lauren want to smoke, exciting them but surprising the narrator. Mark and Lauren say that they did not bring any weed from Israel, but Deb shocks the narrator yet again by revealing that she has access to pot: she found a stash hidden by their son, Trev. This news, combined with Deb’s “old secret” of her own smoking habits, upsets the narrator (15). While he would...

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