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When We Were Orphans - Chapter 23 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 23 Summary

Chapter 23 is the last chapter of the book and it is the only chapter in Part 7. It takes place on November 14th of 1958. It has been 21 years since Christopher's trip to Shanghai. He has since then found his mother at the Rosedale Manor in Hong Kong. She has long lost her mind and does not recognize him. However, she remembers the name Puffin. Christopher asks her if she forgives Puffin for not having found her, despite all his best efforts. She is surprised by this question and asks why she would ever have to forgive him. Upon hearing these words, Christopher finally understands that her love for him was unconditional and he did not need to save the world to earn it. This meeting is the symbolic manifestation of Christopher finally finding peace with himself.

He explains this revelation to Jennifer later. Then, he apologizes for not...

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